Taste for a Cure

Lisa Ruth Krueger and a teammate during her first Ride to Cure event in 2010 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. in La Crosse. This year will be Krueger’s tenth year participating in the ride.

Lisa Ruth Krueger is hitting a “milestone” year.

For the past 10 years, she’s participated in Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Ride to Cure bike race, after her best friend’s son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a form of the disease that’s incurable.

“I just didn’t know how to help,” she said. “This is a way I could help when I felt helpless.”

That first bike ride Krueger did was meant to be a “one-and-done” event, but the people she met through JRDF kept her going for the next decade.

To help her fundraise her goal of $3,500 prior to each bike race, Krueger, a Verona Lions Club member, has held the Taste for a Cure event, with this year’s event being the tenth.

The event will be held from 3-7 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at the Verona Wine Cellar, 1015 N. Edge Trail.

Each year, the event features food and raffle prizes. Additionally, 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of wine at the Verona Wine Cellar will be donated to Krueger’s fundraiser.

She will be participating in the Wisconsin Ride to Cure on Aug. 10. In years prior, she’s traveled across the country to participate in Ride to Cure events, including the one held in Death Valley, Cal. last October.

Krueger said she looks forward to seeing the people who come out to the event, and hopes to recruit more riders for the Wisconsin event in the months leading up to the event.

“People are just really generous,” she said. “It’s neat to see a bunch of people to get involved in different ways.”