Trying to Keep Up the Pace!
This year will be my sixth as a participant in the SC Tour de Cure, plus I rode the innaugural Charlotte Tour! During those years, I've seen some positive changes in the event, but the reasons for wanting to participate and to encourage support remain the same. Some of the reasons are personal, and some are more global!
This will be the fourth year I've ridden with my grandson, Davis Hagstette! Davis first asked me to let him ride when he was six years old. This year, at 10 years, Davis has a much deeper understanding of the positive aspects of the event. In the past, we've limited our ride to 15 miles. This year, we're thinking of extending it a bit to 20 miles. Whether it's 20 or 15, we'll be excited to spend time together for a great cause.
Of course, there are more reasons to ride in the S.C. TdC than simply enjoying a nice day with my grandson. Cycling is such a fun activity! It's not only a healthy thing to do, but it provides a social aspect that's not attainable in many other sports. I get to know and interact with such a broad spectrum of fellow cyclers...all coming together because of their belief in a common cause. Getting to know these folks is great, and it certainly beats the interaction on social media!
Finally, riding the S.C. TdC is a fun and easy way to raise badly needed funds to support a great cause. Through the generosity of many friends, I am able to raise a significant amount of money to go towards research and treatment for diabetes. 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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