This Red Rider story comes to us from the Chicago area. Cheer him on in the comment section below!
Tell us a little bit about your diagnosis. Back in 2011 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Although I was not overweight, there is a significant family history of diabetes. My grandmothers had diabetes, my mother had it and my brother has it. In order to control my diabetes I made some changes to my diet and started riding my bike more frequently.
Why do you ride in the Tour de Cure®? I ride mostly for my health…cycling helps me keep my diabetes under control. I also ride in the hopes that, some day, a cure can be found to prevent the disease that affects my friends, co-workers, family, friends and myself.
I found out about the Tour de Cure while discussing cycling with a friend of mine. He told me about a fundraising bike ride where, if I rode, I could wear a special red jersey. [Red Riders are cyclists with diabetes who participate in Tour de Cure.] I did a bit of research and found out about the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. I signed up to ride 35 miles and set my goal to raise $200. I quickly found out that my friends, family and coworkers were very generous and I had to keep raising my fundraising goal! That first year I raised more than $3500.
What is the one thing you would tell someone who has just been diagnosed with diabetes? Don’t ignore it. Even if the diagnosis is prediabetes, you need to get on top of it. Listen to your doctor, go to a diabetes education class, watch what you eat and start some form of exercise.
What is your favorite part of the Tour de Cure? I have three favorite parts of the Tour:
1. The start … the sense of excitement and anticipation when that huge group of people starts riding is infectious.
2. The rest stops … it’s great seeing (and talking to) all those people, from 12-year-old kids to 70+-year-old retirees, all riding together to help Stop Diabetes®.
3. The finish … knowing that I completed something that, just a few years prior, I would have thought impossible is a huge rush!
Ready to ride to Stop Diabetes like David? Find a Tour de Cure event near you and sign up!