HIGH POINT, NC -- (Nov. 4, 2003) Last weekend in Phoenix, Bill Davis had the opportunity to meet a man that is on a fund raising campaign that includes a trek across America--in a 236 CatÂ® Skid Steer Loader that operates at the lightening speed...
HIGH POINT, NC -- (Nov. 4, 2003) Last weekend in Phoenix, Bill Davis had the opportunity to meet a man that is on a fund raising campaign that includes a trek across America--in a 236 Cat® Skid Steer Loader that operates at the lightening speed of 12 mph.
Craig Schultz, founder and project director of the Drive Against Diabetes, is participating in a yearlong fund raising campaign to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes research. Schultz's father, Harold, was an insulin dependent diabetic that passed away in 1998 from complications of Juvenile Diabetes.
Schultz's journey began in New York City with an appearance on NBC's The Today Show on September 1, 2003. His 4,000-mile trip is scheduled to end in Los Angeles on November 14. Schultz is making stops at Caterpillar dealerships and has attended suck events as the Farm Science Review Show, Indianapolis Colts game, Caterpillar Headquarters Skid Steer Parade and the NASCAR Winston Cup event in Phoenix.
"I had never been to a NASCAR event, so it was certainly a great experience," said Schultz. "I met a lot of really great people at the Caterpillar hospitality tent and had the opportunity to meet Scott Wimmer and Bill Davis. Both were gracious enough to sign my skid steer and Bill also made a very generous donation. It was a great first experience for racing and I will definitely be heading to another one sometime soon."
As of his visit to Phoenix International Raceway, Schultz has traveled over 3,000 miles and has collected over $30,000 for his cause. Davis added to that total by making a $2,000 donation for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
"What a tough guy," said Davis. "He's working for a great cause, but if his butt feels like mine at the end of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp, then it will take him awhile to recover. We wish him the best as he finishes up his journey."
The 236 Cat® Skid Steer Loader was donated by Syracuse Supply, Schultz's local Caterpillar Dealership and is still operating today on the same set of tires it left New York City with. It is also equipped with Cat® Product Link System, so you may track Schultz's journey by logging onto www.cat.com.
The JDRF, the world's largest nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes research, was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with Juvenile Diabetes -- a disease which strikes children suddenly and makes them insulin dependent for life and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since it's inception, JDRF has provided more than $600 million to diabetes research worldwide. For more information, visit the JDRF website at www.jdrf.org or call 800-533-CURE.