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Cycling to Help Stop Diabetes

Cycling to Help Stop Diabetes 
The American Diabetes Association Kicks Off Its Annual Tour de Cure
Cycling Event 
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/24/13 --   The American Diabetes
Association is challenging riders to be part of the movement to Stop
Diabetes(R) by participating in their annual Tour de Cure(R), a
cycling event to raise funds to help fight diabetes. More than 65,000
cyclists are expected to participate in the Tour de Cure at sites
throughout the country in 2013. All funds raised at the Tour de Cure
events will 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
taking the ride of their life and helping raise funds to change the
future of diabetes for the nearly 26 million Americans with the
disease. Tour de Cure is designed for everyone from the occasional
bike rider to the experienced cyclist with routes ranging from 5-mile
family rides to 100-mile "century" rides and more. Routes vary by
location -- visit www.diabetes.org/tour for more information about
the Tour near you. All Tour de Cure events feature rest stops with
great food to fuel the journey, volunteers to cheer riders on, and
any mechanical support needed along the way. Everyone will return to
enjoy the finish line festivities including a delicious lunch,
entertainment and more!  
"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 program. "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. Join in and spend a day
riding with your friends, family or co-workers!" 
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, 7 million people are unaware that they have
the disease. Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American
adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop
Diabetes. 
"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, MD, Senior Medical Director, 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." 
Red Rider Program
 If you have diabetes and plan to ride in Tour de
Cure, we invite you to join the Red Riders, a program created by the
American Diabetes Association to recognize participants who have
diabetes. You are why we ride! Red Riders 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 Founder Dave Edwards. "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." 
For more information or to register for the American Diabetes
Association's Tour de Cure, please call the 1-888-DIABETES (342-2383)
or visit www.diabetes.org/tour. 
The National sponsors of the Tour de Cure are Primal Wear and Lilly
Diabetes. National Teams include Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, Lockheed
Martin, Gold's Gym, Cisco Systems, Dignity Memorial, Bio Rad and
Amylin. 
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop
Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected
by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and
manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities;
provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those
denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, its mission
is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all
people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the
American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or
visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is
available in English and Spanish. 
Contact: 
Angela Murray
800-676-4065 ext. 3425
amurray@diabetes.org 
 
 
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