Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — If your goal is to raise $3,000 for diabetes research, what do you do when you surpass that mark?
For Vincent Harrer, the answer was easy.
“I’m over five grand,” the 10-year-old fourth-grader at DeSales Catholic School said. “So my goal now is $6,000.”
The American Diabetes Association, Western New York Chapter, Youth Ambassador for the 2013 Tour de Cure believes he’ll make that goal by the time he hops on his mountain bike for the 6-mile ride from the Niagara County Community College campus, down the Lake Ontario shoreline and back, on Saturday.
Vincent rides as a “Red Rider”, a group of more than 95 Tour de Cure participants who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
“It’s awesome. It’s my third year riding and we need to raise money to find a cure and help other people who have diabetes,” Vincent said.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 7 years old, Vincent is an avid athlete who plays soccer, lacrosse, baseball, tennis and is a member of the DeSales swim team.
“He’s a regular happy kid,” his father, Brain Harrer said. “But this disease is 24/7 and he has to account for everything that goes into his body.”
Brian is a Niagara County Sheriff’s Office deputy and, for the last nine years, has riden in the Tour De Cure with the Niagara County Law Enforcement & Friends Tour de Cure team. He was recruited to the team by the late Sgt. Jeffrey Juron, who had type I diabetes.
“He was a great sergeant ,” Brian Harrer said of Juron. “He would do anything for us. And now (diabetes) hits so close to home for us with Vincent. Each and every day I wish there was a cure.”
Harrer said there other members of his family, and friends, who deal with diabetes daily. His wife, Lindsay, has an aunt was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12 and several cousins who have type 2 diabetes.