I am asking you to support me in the Tour de Cure(R) because finding a cure for diabetes personally means so much to me.
"You have diabetes. You have to learn how to give yourself shots."
These are words, among others, that I heard in June, 1992. I was 25 years old and had very quickly lost over 15 pounds weighing in at whopping 99 pounds. It was a whirlwind of learning how to keep myself healthy. I had wonderful diabetes educators - thank you Sheryl and Beverly. I ate so many carrot sticks (because they didn't affect my new calorie based 'meal plan') that my hands and feet looked orange.
Today I look back and see all of the advancements made in the field of diabetes-the DCCT study that helps us to understand long term affects associated with "uncontrolled " diabetes & the importance of testing your blood glucose often; the emergence of the first insulin pump, and now the technology of numerous choices of pumps & continuous glucose monitoring systems.
Even though I am truly fortunate to have diabetes in this time I would love to see the day when diabetes management is a thing of the past, when diabetes is cured. Advancements are made each year - islet cell transplants may just become the norm!
Until that time I ask for your help in my support of the American Diabetes Association through the annual Tour de Cure event. This event is dear to my cycling heart! This year it will be virtual, with tons of individuals coming together through live streaming to support the cause.
The TDC has supported efforts of advocacy on behalf of over 34 million Americans living with this disease, fund research and provide resources to health care professionals and anyone impacted by diabetes. This event helps support diabetic kids with summer camps that help them to better understand and live with diabetes while showing them they aren't alone.
Your donation will have an impact for years to come. Please take 5 minutes and help me out!
By participating in the Tour de Cure, I hope to inspire others to join me in this vital mission.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!