Please Help in the Fight Against Diabetes
As many of you know, my brother Greg passed away in January due to complications from diabetes. The last years of his life were an ongoing battle against the litany of complications that can come with diabetes, including neuropathy, amputations, strokes, kidney problems, and cardiovascular disease. It is truly a devastating disease and unfortunately one that is also very common. Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the US.
In memory of Greg, I have committed to taking one week out of the summer to help fight diabetes. In mid-July, I and the other Tour de Cure riders will pedal our bikes along a 550-mile route from Boston through northern New England and back home. Fittingly for me, much of the ride will be through areas that Greg loved, including the coast of southern Maine and the hills of central Vermont.
I rode in several smaller Tour de Cure rides last summer, and I can tell you that they are heartening events. It is remarkable to see the "Red Riders" riding up to 100 miles a day, while wearing an insulin pump. Their level of dedication to conquer diabetes for themselves and to help others is inspiring.
I hope you will consider sponsoring my ride by making a contribution to the American Diabetes Association. The ADA's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes as well as to improve the lives of people affected by it. They need and deserve our support for the important work they do. My fund raising goal is $5,000. I'm asking for your help to reach that mark.
Thanks very much,
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