Welcome to the Tour de Cure Web Page of Robert Podlena!
Hello Friends and family!
Having recieved this email, you are all aware of the fact that I have Type 2 diabetes. You are also, more than likely, aware that my mother and one of my brothers also are afflicted with this disease. Within the past few years, one of my nephews has been challenged with Type 1 diabetes. Most people associate diabetes with poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise. However, all of you know me and know none of that applies and I can assure you that is not the case with the remainder of those in my family afflicted. The reason I make this point is that far too many people assume that diabetes is primarily a lifestyle illness and I want to crush that mindset.
Diabetes is a nasty disease that can affect the eyes, kidneys and cardiovascular system leading to everything from loss of eyesight to loss of extremities and death. Diabetes is listed as a cardiovascular disease as well. The increase in diagnosed diabetes cases in the US from 2000 to 2015 is an alarming 11.3 million or full 3%! Additionallly, 84 million people in the US are pre-diabetic and 90% of those people have no idea they are in this condition.
I am committed to ride and raise money in this inspirational event because 30 million people in the United States have diabetes. However, I am even more committed to raise money to ensure a cure is discovered for those not yet affected by the disease......like my children or grandchildren.....or yours.
With your help, we will fight for a future where a parent does not have to hear that their child has diabetes. A future where an adult does not have to face the uncertain times ahead after receiving a diabetes diagnosis. A future where you and I will know that we had a part in making this possible.
I truly appreciate your support. Together we can Stop Diabetes!
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