I am riding in this year's Tour de Cure to help Stop Diabetes. I have joined thousands of riders from across the country in this effort to raise money to further the mission of the American Diabetes Association: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all those affected by this chronic illness.
You may already know someone who has been affected by diabetes. Nine percent of Americans have Type 2 (insulin resistant) diabetes, and less than 1 percent of Americans have Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes. I ride for the millions of people who live with one of these two diseases and for their loved ones. Most of you know that I have Type 1, but I have two brothers that have it as well. Many people erroneously believe that diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar, is a minor inconvenience, and that insulin injections are a cure. However, it is a disease with serious consequences. Diabetes takes more lives every year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Diabetics live ten to fifteen fewer years than the average American. It is an everyday struggle of counting carbs, checking blood glucose levels, taking insulin, trying to feel emotionally and physically consistent, and worry.
I know my participation in this year's Tour de Cure can and will make a difference. Please help me in my quest to prevent and cure diabetes once and for all by making a donation. Your generosity would mean so much to me, and any dollar amount ($10 minimum) is appreciated!