American Diabetes Association launches diabetes cycle event

by Barbara Hewitt on March 1, 2013

Increasing proportion of youth with diabetes from minority/ethnic populations

American Diabetes Association launches diabetes cycle event

The American Diabetes Association is encouraging cyclists to take in its annual event aimed at raising fund to help fight diabetes. Its Tour de Cure takes places throughout the country during 2013 and all funds raised go to support the Association’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Individuals and teams composed of co-workers, family and friends are needed to take part and the event is designed for everyone from the occasional bike rider to the experienced cyclist. Routes range from five mile family rides to 100 mile century rides and vary by location. All include rest stops and there will be volunteers to cheer riders on, and to give any mechanical support needed along the way.

‘The Tour de Cure is a beautiful celebration of health for all of us who want to change the future of diabetes,’ said Mari Ruddy, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 31 years and is the founder of the Red Rider programme. ‘The Tour is a ride for any individual or team who wants to enjoy a great day of cycling and, at the same time, stop diabetes. I know how important it is to stay strong and healthy, and cycling is one positive way to do that,’ she added.

Today, there are nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, it is estimated that seven million people are unaware that they have disease. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050.

‘It’s important for us to be part of improving lives of people with diabetes either by encouraging people to exercise more or by supporting diabetes research or in this case, both,’ said Leonard Glass, senior Medical director at Lilly Diabetes. ‘Tour de Cure also gives our employees across the United States an opportunity to connect with people in their community who are touched by diabetes,’ he added.

The Red Rider Programme recognises participants who have diabetes and they are given a jersey to proudly wear at the event from our cycling apparel sponsor Primal Wear. ‘Our relationship with the Tour de Cure stretches back to 2005 and it remains one of our most important and valued connections,’ said Primal Wear founder Dave Edwards.

Quote from DiabetesForum.com : “I am riding my bicycle in the New England Classic to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.”

‘Not only are these world class cycling events that encourage thousands of people each year to discover the joy of cycling, but the research and work the American Diabetes Association does is instrumental in improving the lives of millions of people who live with this disease every day,’ he added.

The American Diabetes Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes and delivers services to hundreds of communities as well as providing objective and credible information.


The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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