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This year Tour de Cure is going to be kind of weird for me... and special.
You see, the week before Tour de Cure gets ready to happen in mid-June 2020, I will just be arriving in Cape Canaveral after 3 solid months of running 2800 miles from Newport Beach, CA to Cape Canaveral, FL -- and in doing so, setting a record as the first person ever to run from Disneyland to Disneyworld.
And yet, there are people, some of them in positions of power and influence (Alabama Rep Mo Brooks, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and William Barr, and others), who feel that NOT EVEN THAT is healthy enough to warrant coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Diabetes is an expensive disease. Even WITH insurance, it costs tens of thousands of dollars to pay for insulin pumps, infuser supplies, and insulin. And insurance is about to get a lot harder to get for this expensive, un-asked-for, un-self-caused pre-existing condition.
THAT'S WHY A CURE WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER. There wouldn't be a discussion of the tradeoffs between cost and coverage if there were a CURE.
Until then, there are #diabadasses. You know who you are. You're examples who break the stereotypes. A #diabadass defies the myths about us all being inactive, self-indulgent, and unable of impulse control. A #diabadass is someone who, despite diabetes, persists, endures, and surprises with world with what people with diabetes can do.
Now, more than ever, the ADA's mission of education and advocacy has become VERY, VERY important. PLEASE help show the world that we ARE active, we ARE eating healthy, and... WE'RE STILL DIABETIC.
Here's my fundraising link: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/T1determined, or you can go to tour.diabetes.org and join my team, TEAM RED.
Obviously this time, I may be doing the "short" ride. We'll see how my legs hold up.
This past year was special. On April 20th, 2019, I not only completed an 851 miles across Texas despite having to deal with the mind-sucking detail of diabetes management along the way, but I set a "fastest known time" for a run across the state, of 27 days, 8 hours, and 36 minutes, breaking the old record by 2.5 days.
I am hoping that for Tour de Cure 2020, I will be sharing what I've learned by running across the US. We always have room to learn, room to care, and room to show compassion for those who did not ask for their lot in life, but adapt, adjust, and excel anyway.
Thank you for your continued support.
Type 1 for 47 years
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