Biking for People with Diabetes 2018
I will be riding in the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Tour de Cure with my great family on May 6. My wife, Sarah, will be riding with our daughter Lena pedaling behind her. Our son, Max, will be in a seat on the back of my bike, most likely coaching his Dad to go faster.
We will be riding to raise money to support the ADA’s work - which includes fighting to preserve and increase funding for diabetes research, advocating for equal access to health care to prevent and treat diabetes, and helping people with diabetes avoid medical complications and thrive in all aspects of life. The ADA's work today is more important than ever.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes nearly 17 years ago. The diagnosis changed the course of my life in many ways. But it has never prevented me from staying healthy, enjoying my wonderful family, or pursuing my goals.
My professional and personal activities have long included fighting for the rights of people with diabetes. I have worked to make sure that children with diabetes can go to school with the support they need, that people with diabetes do not face unfair discrimination at work, and that people in jails and prisons get the insulin and other medical care they need to stay healthy and avoid devastating diabetes health complications. I am a proud member of the ADA’s Legal Advocacy Committee, which does fantastic work with ADA staff members to help people with diabetes across the country.
This is my second time riding in the Tour de Cure. This year, I will also be presenting the “Mission Speech” at the ADA Champions’ dinner the evening before the event.
I am asking for your support in my Tour de Cure fundraising efforts. I am biking to fight diabetes, and to support the programs that the American Diabetes Association provides for the millions of people with diabetes (including me, and some of my closest friends and family).
Your contribution, of any amount, means a great deal.
And for a bit of fun, here is a video of Lena, at age 3, cheering on the “Red Riders” at the Tour de Cure in 2015. (Red Riders are bike riders with diabetes, who receive and wear a Red jersey for the ADA event.)
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