Celebrating the big twenty-SIX
LEADING BY EXAMPLE. UNITED BY A CAUSE.
When I was a kid, my dad and his police buddies in Pittsburgh rode the Tour de Cure each summer to raise money for diabetes research. Last summer, it was my turn, and I rode in my first ever Tour De Cure. What a blast! It was a wonderful reminder that, even with diabetes and its myriad complications, there is hope for the cure, and that I have not only my own wonderfully supportive family, but an incredible team of Red Riders to rely on as well. About a month after the Tour, I was riding the lakefront trail, wearing my Red Rider jersey, when someone passing the opposite direction shouted out "GO RED RIDER," the rallying cry of the Tour for those of us riding with diabetes. I felt proud and realized that my impact of riding visibly as someone with diabetes goes beyond just the day of the Tour de Cure itself.
And this is where you, my friends, come in. With your generous support, the American Diabetes Association funds critical diabetes research, information programs, and advocacy efforts that support the nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. with diabetes, and the 86 million with pre-diabetes.
Every donation makes such a big difference. I aim to raise $800 for reasearch this upcoming year. Any amount helps. Even if it's a quarter! Your support gives those of us currently living with diabetes, and, though they don't know it yet, those who have yet to be diagnosed HOPE FOR THE CURE!
I am forever grateful for all of those willing to help and thank you for supporting me on my 26th-Diabetes-versary!
Terry L. Jarbe, RED Rider
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