By Ana Medvedeva
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States, affecting 25.8 million children and adults in 2011 alone. The American Diabetes Association aims to prevent and cure diabetes, as well as improve the lives of those with diabetes. Through events such as the Tour de Cure, the ADA is able to fund research and information programs and raise awareness about the cause.
The Tour de Cure is a ride that’s designed with everyone in mind—participants can ride from 10 to 100 miles based on preference. With different routes for every distance, the ride is uncompetitive and supportive. The ride celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and hopes to raise more than the $17 million it raised last year.
The events main goal is for riders to have fun and feel as if they’re a part of a community. To keep the event exciting, all riders have the chance to win prizes for raising certain amounts of money, ranging from bikes to Apple iPads. The event has a special “Team Red” to honor those living with diabetes. “Team Red” brings the diabetes community together and reminds the riders that they’re not alone in their struggles with diabetes.
There are plenty opportunities to participate in the Tour de Cure—riding, cheering and volunteering are all great ways to participate.