2018 Tour de Cure
On June 2nd I will be riding in my seventh Tour de Cure, a nationwide fundraiser sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Proceeds from this event fund research toward a CURE, provide education, send youth to diabetes camp and offer advocacy for those who have been denied their rights because of diabetes. I continue to ride each year because diabetes is a progressive disease that presents daily challenges that become more difficult to manage over time. Every 11 minutes someone is diagnosed with diabetes and their life changes forever.
I’m excited to join the Minnesota Tour de Cure again and cycle 46 miles through Minneapolis and St. Paul! I’m taking a spinning class three days a week to get in shape for this early season ride. Last year more than 1,600 participants in Minneapolis raised $1,012,000. Of the 81 Tours held throughout the United States, the Minnesota Tour was #1 in terms of net dollars raised for the cause. It was #3 in terms of gross dollars raised. Our goal this year is to raise $1,300,000. You can be assured that your sponsorship of my ride in the Minnesota Tour de Cure will be the most cost effective donation possible.
Working to find a CURE for this very difficult disease is very important to me. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes and more than 84 million have pre-diabetes. Every day 137 patients enter end stage kidney treatment. Each day 295 Americans undergo amputation due to complications of this disease that affect blood vessels and slow wound healing. One in three Medicare dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes. Your lifetime risk of developing diagnosed diabetes as an adult in the U.S. is 40%.
If you enjoy a spontaneous and carefree lifestyle, imagine if all that were taken away. There is no time off or vacation from diabetes. Since my diagnosis of Type 1 in Dec. 2009, I’ve tested my blood sugar by finger stick more than 17,000 times. Imagine being as diligent as humanly possible in trying to control your blood sugar and yet inexplicable “lows” and “high” still persist. Too many spikes and dips can lead to a host of nasty complications. The price of insulin has more than tripled since 2002. Imagine having dwindling access to affordable insulin that all Type 1 and many Type 2 patients need to survive.
Please join me in the fight to STOP DIABETES by making a tax-deductible contribution to the American Diabetes Association. I would be honored and so grateful to have you as a Sponsor. You may have a friend or relative living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. I will be riding on behalf of all who pray for a cure for this difficult disease.
Whatever you can give will make a difference. If you prefer not to donate on line, you may mail a check payable to the American Diabetes Association to me @ 2055 Applewood Drive, Lakewood, CO 80215. I will be thinking of YOU and your support with every mile I ride!
Together we can STOP DIABETES! Thank you ever so much ~ Barbara Evans
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