Tour de Cure is a fundraiser, but it's also a community-building event. We ride to raise money, but more than that we ride support our friends and family. It can make a difference to someone suffering from diabetes (especially a young person) to discover that there are others around them going through the same thing.
Hundreds of Miles and Thousands of Dollars
This will be the 12th year that I have ridden Tour de Cure. In past years, I have ridden more than 575 miles in both the Twin Cities and Chicago events, and you have helped me raise more than $22,000.
I know there are a lot of charities competing for your time and money. In riding the 2023 Tour, I am donating my cycling time to a good cause. In exchange, I hope you will consider donating money to the ADA on my behalf. My goal is to raise $2500 this year, and with your help I am sure I can make it happen.
The Impact of Diabetes
Diabetes affects millions of people worldwide, and its impact on our lives will continue to increase. Recent studies suggest that a 50-year-old with diabetes dies six years sooner than someone without the disease, and that doesn't even account for other side-effects like nerve damage and blindness. To put that in context, long-term smoking shortens life by 10 years. The CDC estimates that 1 in 3 adults could have diabetes by 2050, up from 1 in 10 today. We ride to support those who have the disease today, and those who will have it someday in the future.