I am riding because the American Diabetes Association's 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, especially my daughter Kristen and sister in law Debbie.
I am committed to ride and raise money in this inspirational event not because 26 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?
Many of you know that I have done this ride the past two years, raising in excess of $5,000 each time. †I've changed things up this year and propose some fun with my goal. †I've set a lofty goal of $7,500 for 2013. †However, I plan to incentivize your giving by displaying your support in the form of body hair (that should raise a laugh since I am bald). †Here's what I propose to do. †I'll grow a mustache that I'll wear until next year's event if I raise $5,000. †At $6,250 I'll add a goatee. †At $7,500 I'll make it a full beard! †So, you get to control just how hairy I'll be for the next year. Perhaps I'll look like Santa this time next year!
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!
Please consider passing this along to others whose families are also affected by Diabetes.