Welcome to my Personal Page
Thank you for visiting my personal page, and I hope you will support me and Team Red in the Tour de Cure®.
Team Red is a group of people many (like me) living with diabetes and all dedicated to helping the American Diabetes Association find a cure.
I am riding in the Rochester Tour de Cure because it was my inspiration. Oh, I had donated to it for several years, to support my nephew riding in it. But I got the chance last year to surprise him at a rest stop and see the whole event firsthand. So, naturally, when I got back to Dallas, I immediately signed up for the Tour de Cure - DFW (North Texas).
But, that presented some serious problems to me because I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just 2 years before (at age 60). I had been fairly active -- a professional rock climbing instructor, canoeing instructor, wilderness survivalist, avid backpacker, and otherwise reasonably active in sports (e.g., softball, volleyball, squash, etc.). So, when I fell ill, the doctors couldn't figure it out. While 3 of them tried, I suffered for almost three months, and I lost 32% of my body mass (no, I was not overweight). By the time they figured it out, I couldn't walk a 1/4 mile. Oh, and I had not put any mileage on a two-wheeler (without an engine, that is) since packing off to college in 1973 -- ouch.
I thought the long (100k) ride would be a good recovery goal for me; I had already regained a lot of weight working out at the gym 6 days a week. So I got a bike and started riding . . . every day (in the heat of the Texas summer), and later every other day (so my old body could recover in between the longer rides). Less than a mile the first day (painful) but, with dedication, 41 miles after two months. Two weeks later, 63.6 miles - yeah! It turned out that the DFW event was washed out (literally, the road was washed away) so, not wanting my training to go to waste, I packed the bike in the car, hit the gas, and ended up riding 64.1 miles in the New Orleans Tour de Cure (only about 550 miles from home!).
Now that I know I can make that distance, I'm coming to Rochester to see if I can keep up with my nephew (at least for some of it). [After that, I'll ride in the North Texas event and maybe even in New Orleans again.]
Of course, it's all for a very good cause. More than 30 million Americans, including me and some family members and friends, deal with the daily challenges of living with diabetes. Did you know?
- Diabetes claims the lives of over 200 people every day, more than AIDS and breast cancer combined.
- About every 21 seconds, someone gets the bad news, "you have diabetes".
- That's over 4,100 people newly diagnosed with diabetes every day.
- You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
- You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.
- 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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