Fifty for Father: Golfing to find a cure for diabetes

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) What can a person accomplish in 50 days? That may sound like plenty of time to get something done, but what if that something is putting an end to one of the deadliest diseases in this country? One man is swinging for the green.

"Golf, drive, sleep. Golf, drive, sleep. Golf, drive, sleep. Lather, rinse and repeat 50 days in a row."

Pete Crozier's description of his last month may sound like an exhausting vacation, but there is so much more to it than that. He is golfing to find a cure for diabetes.

"We tell him that they will find a cure for diabetes and I believe that," said Crozier. "We'll just keep working towards it together. You can't take a day off. We've got to be as relentless as the disease is to try and find a cure."

That's Crozier's message to his son Gavin who since he was four years old has dealt with the deadly disease. It's a disease that also contributed to the death of Pete's dad George.

That is the purpose of Fifty for Father where Crozier is traveling state by state with clubs in hand and raising money for diabetes research.

"I'm starting to feel a little bit of what he feels as a diabetic," Crozier said. "The stress and anxiety and exhaustion and sleepless nights that he goes through every single day. I've had to experience for 32 days. One thing my son said when I talked to him on the phone is that quitting is not an option when you have Diabetes so that's kind of what this is."

Crozier's 32nd stop is Janesville's Riverside Golf Course. He has already raised $35,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation so donations are on line to surpass $50,000 but Crozier says that is not the finish line.

"When this ends on day 50, it's not the end for me as a parent of a Type 1," said Crozier. "The journey continues. This is just the first step, the first thing that I can do. I get to do something I love with people I love for people I love and try to make the world a better place. How lucky am I?"

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