The American Diabetes Association is gearing up for this weekend's Tour de Cure, a fitness and community event that helps raise funds to support the organization's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to help improve the lives of those people who are affected by the disease.
The association is inviting riders, runners and walkers of all levels to join the celebration, which will be held on Saturday at Niagara University's Dwyer Ice Arena in Lewiston.
Organizers note that every 21 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, nearly half of all American adults have either diabetes or prediabetes, which puts them at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes are at significant risk for serious complications including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness and lower-limb amputations. As the ADA’s premier fundraising event and one of the nation’s largest series of diabetes fundraising events, Tour de Cure brings together volunteers and participants invested in bending the curve on the diabetes epidemic and funding research to find a cure.
“Tour de Cure is more than just a ride, walk or run– it is a celebration of the ADA’s mission and a chance to raise critical funds to help fight diabetes. Every mile covered and every dollar raised brings us that much more support in fighting this disease that affects 100,000 people in our community,” said Stacie Waddell, ADA’s Development Director for Western New York. “The prevalence of diabetes is growing each year, and action is absolutely necessary to help us bend the curve on this epidemic,” she added.
In addition to the traditional cycling ride, this year’s Tour de Cure event also features a 5k fun run as well as a 5k walk. The event provides a unique opportunity for businesses, clubs, friends and families to come together with the vision of a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Men, women, and children of all ages from around the region will form teams and gather at one of five routes to participate in the event.
Tour de Cure is designed for participants of all fitness levels, with 10-mile routes for the occasional cyclist to 100-mile century rides for experienced cyclists, and a 5k that you can walk or run. Routes feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders along the way. Participants who have diabetes get VIP treatment. More than 30,680 participants and volunteers from across the country participate in TDC events each year.
Sponsored nationally by Primal Wear Inc., and locally by Seneca Resorts & Casinos, GEICO, Great Lakes Health and LifeStorage. Tour de Cure features a variety of routes. There will be four cycling routes: 100 mile, 60 mile, 30 mile, and 12 mile; along with a 5K walk and fun run. Volunteers are always needed. For additional information, visit the event website at www.diabetes.org/buffalotour.