Sharon Tiffany Tour de Cure Fundraiser
Welcome to the Sharon Tiffany Tour de Cure Fundraising page!
Please read the following message written by Connor Tiffany (Norfolk Academy Junior)
23 years ago, my grandmother died of a heart attack at age 47. Her death has since created a void in the family that can never be filled. Although her spirit has continued to live on throughout the Tiffany household, I still wish that I had the opportunity to grow up with such an inspiring woman in my life. For many years, Sharon Tiffany lived with type 1 diabetes. This disease, frustrating and unpredictable, brought her need for a kidney transplant; my dad had completed the testing to be her donor.
Unfortunately, the threat of type 1 and type 2 diabetes has never been more prevalent in United States. In one 24 hour period, over 4,100 people will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and more than 1.25 million adults and children in the United States are already living with type 1 diabetes. Not only does diabetes continue to be a prominent issue in our domestic landscape, it also poses a very substantial threat for people living all over the globe. I recently became aware of this during my travels to San Antonio, Belize.
As part of my work to combat social and health inequity in rural Belize, I spent many days conducting home visits throughout San Antonio, providing glucose level screenings, blood pressure readings, and other nutritional advice. Having left Belize with a plethora of new understandings and many amazing memories, one thing has stayed with me since I departed Belize: a majority of the houses I visited had at least one person with type 2 diabetes. As a very resource poor setting, the San Antonio area is overwhelmingly populated by diabetics.
Throughout my life, I have lived by one very simple conviction: lead when you can and others will follow. Embracing this belief, I have recently decided that it is time for me to do what I can to support the efforts to end type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
On September 8th, my dad and I will be cycling in the Tour de Cure. Our training has included many early mornings and long bike rides all over the Hampton Roads Area. Additionally, in an attempt to alter my own nutritional behaviors, I have recently decided to train as a vegan-- a diet that has boosted my energy and has helped me get through long workouts all summer. Veganism, which has been shown to help type 2 diabetics improve their blood sugar levels and decrease their need for medication, has the potential to improve the quality of life for so many people living in the United States.
Please join me in the fight to end diabetes once and for all! All the proceeds that I collect will go towards research focused on finding a cure for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. By participating in the Tour de Cure, I hope to inspire others to join me in raising money and awareness for this debilitating disease. For Sharon, for the citizens of Belize, and for the rest of Americans, it is time to help find a cure!
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