Welcome to My Tour de Cure Web Page!
Hello I am Angela Wiseman, Executive Assistant and Ambassador at Koike Aronson in Arcade. I am also the proud team captain for Team Koike, and have been for the past 10 years.
I wanted to start with how I was introduced to the American Diabetes Association. In 2006 I was asked by our then President Gerald Leary, who is a Type 2 diabetic, to start a campaign to recruit businesses in Wyoming, Genesee and Orleans County to participate in the Step Out Walk by sponsoring or creating a team to participate. Jerry also was involved in the Leadership and Executive Board for the American Diabetes Association, which in turn meant I was also.
I made numerous phone calls, sent emails and mailed letters. I can be quite persistent, and if anyone needs clarification you can ask my husband. He also knew I had a personal connection to diabetes, because my husband Daryl is a Type 1 Diabetic.
When Daryl was 10 years old he became very sick with the flu. He lost 30 pounds in one week. His doctor wasn’t sure what was wrong and he was sent to the hospital and there was taken to Children’s Hospital by Mercy Flight. When he arrived his sugar was tested and read over 700. The flu had attacked his pancreas, which then stopped his ability to produce insulin. Daryl was diagnosed with diabetes.
I am very passionate about finding a cure. With my personal connection and seeing the struggles your loved one goes through on a daily basis with this horrible disease, this makes me want to do even more. I’ve been known to correct people quite often on what they think diabetes is, it’s not because you are eating lots of sugar or because you are overweight. He didn’t choose this; there was nothing he could do to stop it. It could happen to anyone.
I am there with him, feeling helpless with the highs and the lows. Counting carbs, making sure we have extra sets with us for his insulin pump, carrying the tester, pricking the finger and making sure I always have candy in my purse in case he goes low.
Daryl currently uses an insulin pump and is very in control of his sugar. Last time he visited his doctor his A1C was 3.8, if anyone knows about diabetes this is fantastic.
He eats healthy and stays active. I am so very proud of him and his willpower. He knows there are things he cannot eat, like some of his favorite foods, because he knows how it will affect his sugar. Just think most of us have been on diets and we want that one cheat day or cheat food. He can’t do that because he doesn’t want to have to deal with the consequences that it will have on him.
One thing I wish I could do is be a diabetic for him. I wish I could take the struggles he encounters so he can just have a normal life again. But I can’t. I do know what I can do. I can advocate, educate, raise money, participate and I can fight for him and I can fight for a cure.
So how do I fundraise? Well diabetes affects many of us at Koike Aronson, from my coworkers to their family members. This is our biggest charity that we give to. We have a group of people who started to participate in the step Out Walk, which now has been changed to the tour. Although I wish more participated from our company at the event, I do have to say I work with some of the most giving and caring people I know. The support from this group is overwhelming. They have always gone above and beyond with donations.
Throughout the year we hold basket raffles during the holidays, collection cans are placed around the office and plant, any company sponsored event we hold 50/50 raffles to raise money for our team.
The most successful and beneficial for our team is a fundraiser we hold in the fall, Steaming towards a Cure. Koike Aronson partners with the Arcade and Attica Railroad, which is the last operating steam train excursion in NY State.
We hold the train ride which starts in arcade and makes its way through the countryside and farmlands of Wyoming County that have remained virtually unchanged since the line was originally laid in the 1880’s.
The journey to Curriers Station, where our event starts, is a 45 minute ride. Our many volunteers, who are Koike employees and their families, are at the station to greet all the passengers as they depart the train. We have a large tent in the lawn set up with over 80 items that are raffled for our Chinese auction. You might even see some familiar faces there representing the American Diabetes Association. We have live music, lots of food choices, 50/50 raffles and lots of fun. It’s a great family event and I urge everyone to participate and get a chance to win some prizes. The event each year has become more successful. All items are donated by local businesses, Koike employees, vendors and our sales force.
I can’t thank everyone enough who helps out. My team who could not be here tonight. Brad Williams, Lisa Miller and Rachael Becht without these 3 I couldn’t pull this off. I am excited to say that already so far this year 4 team members are current Champions for the 2017 year, raising more than $1,000.
We confirmed just this week and are happy to announce our 5th annual train ride Steaming Towards a Cure will be held on Saturday September 30th.
I wanted to end with letting each and every one know how I truly appreciate the work and dedication you have for the American Diabetes Association. I welcome our new team captains and wish you the best of luck in your fundraising, as to all teams. I thank you all for believing in this cause that means so much to some of us, that means a lot to me and my family. We can fight this together to find a cure.
I truly appreciate your support. Together we can Stop Diabetes!
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