Welcome to Rick's Personal Page
Thank you for visiting my personal page, and I hope you will support me and Team Red in the 2019 DFW 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.
Last year I visited the largest Tour de Cure® in the country, and I was inspired. I thought I'd try to do the 100k ride here in DFW. But, that presented some serious problems to me because I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just 2 years before (at age 60). Before that I had been fairly active in the outdoors and sports. 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.
So I got a bike and started training, like a man possessed. I rode less than a mile the first day (painful) but, with dedication, 41 miles after two months. Two weeks later, 63.6 miles - yeah!
But the weather last Fall was not cooperative, and all the cycling was cancelled because the main road was washed away -- bummer! For 2019 they moved the Tour de Cure® up from October to June. So, hopefully, we won't have that disappointment again.
I really appreciate all the support I got for the 2018 event. Now I am asking you to support me in the 2019 Tour de Cure®.
- 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.
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