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Very quickly, many of you prior donors to the American Diabetes Association and my participation in the Tour de Cure, blew past my $200 goal. I MUST THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY. I knew we would raise more, but I was fearful I had started too late. Boy, was I wrong!
With 19 days to go, we just surpassed $2100!
This is GREAT for diabetics in America! And, I'm sure you know a few people who are struggling with the consequences of this disease.
There should, and shall be, a cure to this disease!
Over the 42 years that my wife has had the disease, there have been massive improvements in insulin delivery systems. Costs for insulin are high, immorally high, in my opinion! And, insulin is NOT the answer! The answer is THE CURE! And, I'm confident it will come.
So, I urge you again to help me raise funds for this great cause.
Below, you will find a bit of the story as well as my personal Tour de Cure goals. These paragraphs were in my first email to you this year, so if they sound familiar, they should.
One note I must add though, at the suggestion of one of the many donors, is my mailing address in case you choose not to use the online submission form. Here are those instructions.
Make checks out to the "American Diabetes Association"
Tag the check on the memo line something like, "Tour de Cure, Todd Thompson."
Send to my home address:
525 Yellowstone Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
The ADA provides us with an envelope to collect checks that we can send in at the end of the event. So, if you write a check, be prepared for it not to show up in your statement for a few weeks. It will get there!
Here's part of the text from my previous email that tells the story of our family and my game plan.
Since my last participation in the 2016 Central Texaas Tour de Cure, I, too, have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I've been under treatment for the past three years. Thankfully, my increased cycling, running, and fast-paced walking, of late, have helped me eliminate most of my treatment drugs. I take one injection weekly, that's it. With the help of my physical training, and much lower A1C tests as a result, I hope to be off of all meds soon.
My wife's situation is a much different story, and she is the inspiration behind my involvement with the Tour de Cure and the American Diabetes Association.
In our first year of marriage, in early 1978, she was diagnosed with diabetes, Type 1. In those days it was more frequently called "juvenile diabetes." For thirty-plus years, she was able to perform her duties as a classroom teacher at the middle school level! The energy, late nights, lesson preps, and the increasing demands of stroking the bureaucracy, took its toll. Since retiring, she has fallen numerous times because of the complications in her autonomic nervous system ("diabetic autonomic neuropathy" to be exact). Her condition has led to immobility and dependency that are far outside her normal, very spirited, life.
Because of the state of things in our personal lives, and being aware of how many people are struggling with this awful disease, I have recommitted to a fit lifestyle. Cycling is one of the cornerstones of my fitness regime. In 2021, I will also complete my first marathon (running) on, or around, my 67th birthday in September! 2021, and it will also be the year in which I revisit my long run cycling events, such as the first one I ever did, the Goatneck Bike Ride out of Cleburne, Texas. This year, I will ride the 70-miler in late July, an event that promises temperatures hovering at 100 degrees, full of steep hills and long stretches of modest inclines. It is a grueling ride, but euphoric upon accomplishing it.
This year's Tour de Cure is a virtual event. I have my sights set on October 24th, the day of the North Texas event. I will complete a 67-minute run, a 67-minute fast walk, and a 67-minute cycling ride, all back-to-back. This is my 67th year of life on this great planet, thus the number 67. Until then, it's all about getting into road shape, and raising money.
Again, this year, I am setting a modest goal of $200 (ed. note: now increased to $4000, due to the amazing response). In 2016, with your help, we blew that number away by raising $4000-plus, making me #2 in Texas for an individual, and within the top 5 nationally, as I recall. Because of my late start this year, I decided on a modest goal again, but of course, will accept much more! Will you help cure diabetes?
Help Me Reach My Goal! When you donate:
- You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
- You advocate for a child with diabetes to have the same learning opportunities at school.
- You fund life-saving research.
- You provide access to community programs and free resources that help those living with diabetes.
By participating in the Tour de Cure, I hope to inspire others to join me and raise money.
Thank you for making a generous donation to this cause that is so important to me.
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