WHY I RIDE...
It all started for me in the early 1980's, when my mom was diagnosed with diabetes. I watched my mom go from sticking her finger, taking pills, to insulin. And when the insulin didn't work anymore, she started dialysis. I watched my mom slowly slip away from me due to this disease. On September 9, 1998 she lost her hard fought battle.
Around 1 year and 4 months later, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Since then I have struggled with the disease. I have always battled with my weight. Tried many different diets & gyms, and after years of failure, I am now at a healthy weight.
I was diagnosed a few years ago with neuropathy due to diabetes. The pain in my feet and hands were so bad at times, I couldn't go to the gym to get my exercise in. So I decided to buy a bike, hoping that my feet and hands wouldn't hurt. It's the best decision I have made! I got on the bike and started to ride. And haven't stopped riding since.
I found out about the Tour de Cure in 2012 when I saw a poster at UCSF, where I work full time. I thought what a great way to honor my mom, by riding in this tour.
In 2013, I completed my first Tour de Cure ride in the beautiful Napa Valley, riding the 25 mile course with my riding partner Sheri Yucha. Raising $2,312.00, becoming a champion rider to stop diabetes.
In 2014, my riding partner and I completed the 50 mile course, in honor of my mom, her mom & everyone living with this disease. I became a 2nd time champion rider, raising over $2,974.00 to help find a cure for the 29 million people living with diabetes in the U.S.
In 2015, my brother Carlos passed away unexpectedly on January 5, 2015, at the young age of 45 from diabetes. With a broken heart, I knew I had to go on & keep fighting for them. I knew I needed to ride to in the Tour De Cure for my mom Theresa; Brother Carlos, multiple aunts and everyone living with this disease.
In 2015 I completed the 80 mile course, just 20 miles shy of reaching my goal of completing the century ride by my 51st birthday, in honor of my mom, who lost her battle at the age of 51 from this disease. In 2015, I became a 3rd time champion rider, raising $4,562.00.
In 2016 I conquered my goal!! My goal was to complete the century ride in honor of my mother, by the age of 51. I conquered the century ride (100 miles) at the age of 48. I also was a champion rider, for my 4th straight year. I raised over $3000.
I personally want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to me, to help find a cure for this disease!
This year's event is virtual, but I am still committed to making a difference by participating on my own. I am riding on my own to stay healthy and relieve stress. It's one of the best things I can do to keep my blood glucose in good control.
Since joining the Tour De Cure in 2013 I've raised over $12,000.00 to help fight diabetes, thanks to the generosity of my family, friends & colleagues.
PLEASE SUPPORT ME IN TOUR DE CURE
I am riding because the ADA Tour de Cure is so much more than a cycling event to me. It is my opportunity to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes. Please support me this year with a donation, no matter how small or large, your generous gift will help improve the lives of more than 34 million Americans like me who have diabetes.
So let's get in gear and ride to STOP DIABETES!
I truly appreciate your support! And thank you for making a contribution to support me and to support this cause that is so important to me.