2017 - My 20th Rochester Tour...
Little did Larry Simpson or I realize when we started this gig back in 1998 that we'd still be at it now, 20 Tours later. Much has changed over that time of course, but the consistent theme has been the American Diabetes Association mission to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all those affected by it. The Wheezers & Geezers - the team Larry and I started way back when - is proud to have been the #1 Friends & Family fund raising team again in 2016 with over $31,000 - a total we were truly honored to have achieved with the fantastic help of our great sponsors.
Diabetes is the healthcare crisis of our time. The American Diabetes Association estimates there are more than 100 million Americans impacted by diabetes, whether Type I, Type II, or pre-diabetes. This latter category - those who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease within a decade - continues to grow. Many of these people are not even aware of their condition or of their risks, so I encourage everyone to take the ADA's risk test for themselves. You can find it here: http://tinyurl.com/pp9cswj
The ADA leads the battle against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, and provides advocacy to those denied their rights because of diabetes. (For example, check out: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/diabetes-care-at-school/)
ADA-funded research is making progress toward a cure but we are not there yet. Please support ADA's efforts with a donation by selecting the "Click Here to Sponsor Me" button. You will be funding research for a cure that will help save lives, perhaps that of someone you love!
My personal pledge is to match each donation received of $25 or more with an additional $20 to the American Diabetes Association in recognition of this, my 20th Rochester Tour de Cure. I've set my personal goal at $11,026, just a bit more than we raised together in 2015, our best year ever. Every dollar helps to fund for research into the cure and prevention of diabetes, and to provide support to all the millions of people affected by diabetes.
Future generations CAN live in a world without this disease. Together, we can achieve this goal. Thank you for your commitment and support.
UPDATE! My fabulous sponsors have pushed me up and over the $11,026, but we're not stopping there. In recognition of this great success, I'm now making a personal dollar-for-dollar match of all contributions made going forward! Thanks for your support.
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