Kelli's Ride in Tucson to benefit diabetes research

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Kelli Bonn died in a rollover accident in February of 2010 at the age of 32.


She had Type I diabetes and her husband wanted to do something in her honor.

"I wanted to figure out a way to kind of honor her and keep her legacy alive and also give back to the community like she did everyday," said Kelli's husband Randy Bonn.

Randy Bonn loves riding motorcycles and he's determined to find a cure for diabetes. So he combined his two passions to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

"It is a disease that really affects so so many people to find a cure for diabetes so its coming and I wish she would of been here to see it because I know its just around the corner," said Bonn.

Last year, Kelli's ride raised $25,000.  This year Bonn and the group of riders want to raise the bar for the JDR Foundation.

"Randy is amazing.  If everyone had that much energy and passion going forward, the world would be a better place.  So, I think we're going to do great this year.  It's a beautiful day and we just have some great folks out to support us," said Crystal Kasnoff from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Once the bikes lined up it was time to take the 50 mile journey from the Harley Davidson of Tucson to the Hilton El Conquistador.

Bonn thinks of his wife everyday and as he rides the memories fuel him to keep fighting for a cure.

"I think it just amplifies the memories when something like this happens because you realize that everyone is here because of her and to feel good about the relationship that I had with her and a lot people had with her she was just an amazing young woman," said Bonn.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ride will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Kelli's name.