Be a part of something greater than yourself!
E komo mai!
Welcome - I'm glad you're here to find out why I ride and why this event is so important to me. This will be my sixth year participating in the LA Tour de Cure as a Red Rider - someone who is recognized as a hero on the day of the event for living all year long with this disease.
I ride because in 2012 at the age of 59 I received a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Diabetes is invisible, but you definitely know it's presence in your body. At the time of my diagnosis, I felt pretty crappy. Every number that mattered to the human body was elevated: cholesterol, hypertension, weight and glucose. I was a mess both physically and emotionally. When I heard my diagnosis I died inside; I was scared, freaked out and ashamed, all at the same time. I thought it was my fault that I got this disease. I wanted to hide and not let anyone know that I was diabetic, even though I knew it could kill me. I lost my mother when she was 59 years old from this disease and I couldn't help but think that this was my fate as well. FEAR was not only shouting in my ear but had a strong grip on me. I decided to silence FEAR by fighting diabetes. Even with diet, exercise and the best of care, this disease can change and has the potential of getting worse unless a cure is found. This year my diabetes changed without any warning, and it has been a challenge trying to figure out what adjustments to make. Bottom line, diabetes will diminish my quality of life and kill me if I fail to actively manage it! I will not allow diabetes to dictate what I can or cannot do. I'm determined to change how my story ends. That's why I'm so passionate and motivated to raise as much money as I can to find a cure for diabetes and to make sure that those who receive this type of diagnosis receives the necessary education so they can learn how to manage their diabetes and live healthy lives.
I'm reaching out to you in hopes that you will support my fundraising goal of $5,000. Whatever you can give - large or small - will help us fight for a future where a parent does not have to hear that their child has diabetes. It's up to us to change their future, their story.
I'm forever grateful for your support. Mahalo!
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