I am riding in the Tour de Cure because the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure is so much more than a cycling event to me. It is personal. It is my opportunity to help change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes. I decided to do this in 2015. I have ridden in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and again this year, 2020. Although this year will be virtual. My father passed away in 1965 as a result of complications from Diabetes and Luekemia. Diabetes runs in our family. My story is more than this, but, for once, I'll keep it short.
I am in the Redmond Lions Club and the last 5 years we chose to make a donation to the Tour de Cure. I told my club that I would ride and asked them to sponsor me. They liked that idea and I rode. That is why I ride again this year.
I am committed to ride and raise money in this inspirational event not because 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because I personally know some of them, and I want to do something about it. Won’t you help me start a chain reaction?
Chances are, you also know someone who has been affected by diabetes and you already know how important it is to stop this disease. By making a donation on my behalf or by joining my team, you will be helping the Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.
With your help, we will fight for a future where a parent does not have to hear that their child has diabetes. A future where an adult does not have to face the uncertain times ahead after receiving a diabetes diagnosis. A future where you and I will know that we had a part in making this possible.
I truly appreciate your support. Together we can Stop Diabetes!