Another Year of Family Fun on the Tour
This year will be my fifth as a particiapnt in the SC Tour de Cure, plus I rode the innaugural Charlotte Tour! Every year seems to be more fun, better organized, and more successful than the last. There are so many reasons to participate in the Tour de Cure, and although it's a great opportunity to support the American Diabetes Association, I feel I get much more from the Tour than I give.
For the last two years, I've ridden in the Tour with my grandson, Davis Hagstette. Davis is riding with me again this year. We rode 15 miles when he was 7 years old. We rode 15 again when he was 8 years old. This year, as a 9-year-old, he wanted to try 30 miles! Well, we'll see how oour training goes! What a great opportunity to enjoy a fun day with my grandson. However, I'm not stopping with just one family member this year! Since the Tour will incorporate a run this year, my daughter Elise and son-in-law Todd are joining in on the fun. It'll be a great family fun day. I'm hoping that my wife Janet will be at the finish to cheer us across the line.
Another reason I ride in the Tour is totally selfish. I've fought to maintain my weioght for a lifetime! The Tour de Cure gives me incentive to work on my physical well-being in order to complete my goal. In addition, I don't feel I've reached the point where I want to allow my grandchildren to put me in my place! By the time I make this ride, I'll have reached the young age of 71. I'm hoping there are a LOT of Tour rides left for me! I find cycling to be a wonderfull activity, and the wonderful organization of the SC Tour de Cure makes for a great day in the saddle.
Finally, it's a chance to give back. Through the generosity of many friends, I am able to raise a significant amount of money to go towards research and treatment for diabetes. I'm hoping that with more family joining the fun, we'll have a team effort that will raise a significant amount for a very worthy cause. Diabetes is much too common. Every one of us knows someone who suffers from it, 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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