Forward for Type 1 Diabetes: Guri Burmi

Guri Burmi moved to the U.S. from India 22 years ago, and a cross-country motorcycle ride had been on his bucket list for a while.

“I wanted to explore the amazing landscapes, the food, and the variety of cultures one can only experience during a road trip,” he said.

Guri’s wife, Manpreet, suggested he use his ride to raise funds for a cause close to their hearts. A few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Guri’s nephew in India, Arnav, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 14. Supporting JDRF’s cures research felt like a perfect fit.

“As a practicing Sikh American, we are taught to give back to our community,” he said. “This motorcycle ride, coupled with the opportunity to raise funds, was a dream come true from all aspects.”

Arnav was thrilled to hear about his uncle’s fundraiser. He helped manage Guri’s Instagram page, which documented the journey from pre-ride fundraising to the finish line.

In total, Guri rode for 17 days, covered almost 6,200 miles, and raised over $6,000. When he arrived home to cheering family and friends lining the streets of his North Carolina neighborhood, he was humbled by the support.

“I am glad that I have been able to inspire others and hope that we can all help find the cure soon.”

Learn how members of the T1D community are going Forward for Type 1 Diabetes during National Diabetes Awareness Month.