A CHANCE TO BOND; A CHANCE TO GET FIT; A CHANCE TO HELP
This year will mark my fourth SC Tour de Cure, plus I rode the innaugural Charlotte Tour. Each one has been special in its own way. I find that riding in the SC Tour de Cure is memorable and special in a variety of ways.
First, it's a chance to bond. Last fall, my grandson Davis Hagstette asked if we could ride in the Tour again as we did last year. I could barely contain my excitement as I told him "YES!". The 2017 SC Tour will be held on May 20 ... just a few days before his 9th birthday. Bonding with my grandson is a great thing, and I realize there aren't too many more years before he'll likely have other things on his mind. Also, as I ride this year, I'll be doing so at the ripe old age of 70. I feel very fortunate to have the physical ability to accomplish this ride again, and I'd like to hope it will be something I can do for a long while. So, it's a great opportunity to share something that I enjoy with Davis, and hopefully, to instill a love of cycling in him.
Second, its a chance to get fit ... and boy do I need that! Having the Tour as a goal requires that I get out and ride often so I won't embarrass myself in front of Davis, other family, friends, and especially those who support me through donations! What can be bad about an opportunity to be active in a way that is enjoyable and healthy at the same time.
Finally, it's a chance to help. Through the generosity of many friends, I am able to raise a significant amount of money to go towards research and treatment for diabetes. This disease is much too common. Every one of us knows someone who suffers from diabetes, and we are all familiar with the life-changing impact it has on our family and friends. Through the many Tour de Cure rides that take place across the country, many thousands of dollars are raised to combat the disease. Even without the bonding and fitness benefits for me, the possibility of helping to eradicate diabetes is reason enough to make this ride.
Once again, I'm asking for your help. As you consider all the places you can put your money to good use, I hope you will consider donating to this worthy cause. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your consideration and help. Every single dollar counts, so please ... be as generous as you can.
Thanks so much!
Doug Marks, Team Captain of "The Young and the Restofus"!
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