Join Team Thunder and BTHO Diabetes!
Team Thunder is gearing up for the 2018 Tour de Cure rally on October 20, and YOU are welcome to join! We've got riders, runners, and walkers in this year's rally, and it's never too late to join the fight against type 1 diabetes.
Our Captain Ford Baker, founder of the Today I Can nonprofit, will be leading Team Thunder in the charge, and you can read the amazing story about his victory over diabetes below!
In 2012, Ford Baker weighed just shy of 400 lbs, was living with a type 2 diabetes diagnoses, and was taking multiple medications for his heart, blood pressure, and other health issues brought on by a lifestyle of unhealthy eating habits. As a CPA, Ford had a stressful job that didn't exactly lend itself to healthy life choices, let alone a healthy diet. By all accounts (including his own), he wasn't on a good path and needed to make some serious corrections.
Then, he started something big...by doing something small.
One day, Ford got the cane he had been using to help him walk, took his pet dog, Everett, and went for a walk around his neighborhood. It wasn't a marathon, and it wasn't a 400-meter dash. Just a simple walk around the neighborhood with his dog, but it was the start of something big.
Today I Can
At the nonprofit that Ford started, called Today I Can, the message is simple: Just ask for strength to make good eating and exercising decisions today. And if it works out today, then try it again tomorrow.
Though Today I Can wasn't formed yet in 2012, Ford started to live out the message. Over the next three years, he took things one day at a time - starting with his diet and exercise. Ford began to take up cycling as a low-impact way to burn calories and, well, it clicked.
Today, Ford has lost over 150 lbs through the power of cycling and making healthy diet choices. And the best part? He overcame his type 2 diabetes diagnosis and hasn't been insulin dependent for over 2 years!
This wasn't a short road, and it involved a lot of changing perspectives and attitudes along the way.
Come one, come all!
If you're looking for some change in your life, or you know someone who would be encouraged by Ford's story, then consider joning Team Thunder in the Tour de Cure.
Our goal is to encourage and enable people to make healthy life decisions, and to take it one day at a time.
Of course, Tour de Cure is all a out finding a cure for type 1 diabetes, not type 2 (which is usually brought on by lifestyle or diet choices). If you ask Ford, the biggest reason he rides in the Tour de Cure is for his daughter, Katie. Diagbosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13, she has been fighting against the disease for over half her life. Even as she has started a family and now cares for 2 beautiful children, type 1 diabetes is something that has always complicated her life.
Ford and the rest of Team Thunder ride for Katie and all others who eagerly await a cure for type 1 diabetes. Until then, if we can walk, run, or ride to raise a few dollars to support finding a cure, then we're all in!