Welcome to my fundraising page!
I am asking you to support me in the 2021 VIRTUAL Step Out: Michigan on Sunday, August 29, as I ride on the Macomb Orchard Trail, because finding a cure for diabetes means so much to me.
You see, for the last twenty-one years I have been one of the more than 30 million adults and children in the United States living with this terrible disease. I was one of the over 4,100 people diagnosed daily with diabetes, and it was a shock.
For most of this time I controlled it through diet and exercise after making some drastic lifestyle changes. Regardless, the disease progressed, and for the last few years I have been running a gauntlet of common medications that most people tolerate but cause me multiple, simultaneous side effects, some serious. I have graduated to a couple of the newest medications available and am experiencing first hand their exorbitant prices. Reducing them or keeping them in check is reason enough for anybody to participate in or support the Tour.
Another reason I ride is I recently met a father and his young daughter, both of whom use insulin pumps. He went to Camp Midicha in Michigan, and his daughter will, also. Insulin pumps and camp, your dollars at work!
This year I will riding at least 30 miles to celebrate 30 years of fundraising to fund research and support diabetics and their families. My team is back to its original name this year, Team Diabeaters, and we are looking forward to it.
Please Help Me Reach My Goal of $1000! No donation is too big nor too small! Your support could very well help you or someone in your circle of family, friends and colleagues who also have it, though you might not readily know it. It is a silent disease in how it progresses over time and doesn't present outward signs for many years, and because many who have it don't want to talk about it.
When you donate:
* You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
*You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.
*You support the youth camp (500+ campers hosted in Michigan).
*You fund life-saving research.
*You provide access to community programs and free resources that help those living with diabetes.
*You support the American Diabetes Association's efforts to reduce and control high drug prices.
By participating in Step Out: Michigan, I hope to inspire others to join me and raise money.
Thank you for making a generous donation to this cause that is so important to me!