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Hi and welcome to my Diabetes Tour de Cure fundraising page.
Thank you to everyone who donated. I m asking American Diabetes Association to refund all donations I have received. I just received an email notifying me that the event I had planned and prepared for has been cancelled. I am sorry that I encouraged you to support the ADA, I was misled by them.
Please notify me if you do nor receive a refund in full.
I encourage you to support a cause that is important to you that is well run and does not run misleading fundraisers.
I would like to share a personal story and ask for your support.
Diabetes has touched my life in many ways through the years. My father died from complications from diabetes and my oldest brother's wife died from diabetes in 1982 at a very young age. While I am very lucky to be a 64 year old in reasonably good health after more than 20 years as an insulin dependent diabetic, many people are not as lucky.
When I was diagnosed in the mid 90's I was working as a police officer for the Village of Addison Illinois. I had to hide my glucose meter and insulin because, at that time, many departments were terminating police officers on a non duty related disability if they became insulin dependent. It was difficult to manage my diabetes in secret around some of the best investigators and officers in the business, but I loved my job and couldn't imagine doing anything else. Somehow I managed to do so. Eventually, after years of hiding my condition, I came forward and told Chief Hayden. I owe Chief Hayden and the staff a debt of gratitude for allowing me to continue my employment as a police officer. I was very lucky to serve on the Addison PD and I am very proud to have served with so many smart, talented, and dedicated people there. I was retired from Addison PD in 2007 on a disability after an on duty injury.
Like many diabetics, I suffered a heart attack, a common complication brought on by diabetes. I had several stents placed in my heart in 2009. I am thankful for the medical staff who performed the procedure and continue to assist me managing my heath issues.
I would like to do something to help others with diabetes and try to be an inspiration to those battling the disease. The costs to individuls affected, physically, emotionally, and financially are very high. Many developments have been made through the years that allow diabetics to lead more normal lives.
I will be riding the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Metric Century bicycle ride (62 miles) on July 27 in Madison, WI. I am asking for your donation in any amount you are able to comfortably give. A small donation will help to fund research that one day will make life better for those living with diabetes. I know that there are many worthy causes that ask for your donation. Please consider this worthy cause and share this with anyone you feel may be interested in helping me reach my goal. Together we may be able to have a small impact on those less fortunate.
I joined the Tour de Cure because today alone over 4,100 people will be diagnosed and because more than 30 million adults and children in the United States are living with this terrible disease.
Help Me Reach My Goal!
When you donate:
- You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
- You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.
- You fund life-saving research.
- You provide access to community programs and free resources that help those living with diabetes
By participating in the Tour de Cure, I hope to inspire others to join me and raise money.
Thank you for making a generous donation to this cause that is so important to me.
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