Dare to Inspire. Making a Difference.
Our team is supporting the American Diabetes Association because we want to make a difference. We want to lead. We want to inspire. We want to empower. We want a cure!
TeamNakagawa is our group of friends who have joined us and our cause - to improve the lives of everyone affected by diabetes. We have grown from a "party of two" to a full peloton of 16 riders in 2019.
What does it take to join our team?
- Join us by bicycle (we have riders doing all distances from 5 miles to 100 miles) Join us by walking or running (we have walkers)
- Join us by volunteering an hour of your time on event day
- Join us remotely (virtual riders/walkers)
Cheer us on at the finish party (virtual participants)
In other words, anyone can join our team. Be a part of the story telling (and sharing).
Here's Kent's story as Team Captain:
I am a rider because of Margo, my wife, who has been living with T2 diabetes for over a decade. I see the negative impact it has on her life every day. I feel the negative impact it has on my life (indirectly) as well. In 2019, I was also diagnosed as T2 diabetic, to add to the impact on our lives.
I am a team captain because it is my way to inspire my friends to help make a difference. They have their own stories of people in their lives affected by diabetes.
I am a diabetes advocate, because of the stories I have shared, and continue to share with people such as you.
My story goes back to my first ride in 2004. The more stories I have heard, the more I have been involved. From designing the Hillsboro routes in 2009, managing the ride as Ride Director, inspiring the volunteer planning group as Event Chairman, and recently as a Community Leadership Board Member, my purpose and story has grown stronger and clearer. I am doing what I can to improve the lives of everyone affected by diabetes. All this as a VOLUNTEER. That's the most powerful donation that I can offer to my own cause.
It is my hope that by sharing these stories of hope - the programs, seminars, research, and connections that the American Diabetes Association enables through donations, and the lives that are improved as a result - that you'll find a reason to donate to my cause. Unfortunately, I have found that this is not a difficult task. Everyone knows a diabetic - family, friend, colleague. And there is something that the ADA is actively doing that already improves their lives - or can improve their lives if they KNEW about what is available.
The American Diabetes Association serves all diabetics (type 1 and type 2). A third of its mission is in research. Not only research for a cure (like JDRF), but research for LIVING with diabetes (treatment, stability, monitoring). A third of the mission is education. Doctors (new approaches), patients (treatments), and providers (schools, day care, workplace). And a third of the mission is advocacy. Diabetic discrimination, fear, prejudice, etc. And all three of these missions are happening at the local level. The money I raise stays in Oregon and SW Washington.
So let us introduce you to a great team of people, with lots of stories to share. And help us inspire others to make a difference!