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700 Riders in Sunday's Tour de Cure
700 Riders in Sunday's Tour de Cure

More than a few more miles toward beating diabetes through the Kennebunks Tour de Cure yesterday, with the largest field of riders to date.  More than 700 hearty and caring cyclists weren't deterred by the drizzle (and occasional out-and-out rain) as they rode for a cause that's impacts not just the person with the disease, but their family and friends too - diabetes.

Just over 10 years ago, my brother-in-law rode from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon in a little less than 2 months.  For my husband, this was his very first big ride100k.  He had been training the last few months, but yesterday was a big day.  In spite of some tech problems, and some sore muscles, they crossed the finish line to cheering sounds of volunteers with bells, and with smiles on their faces.

While my son and I waited for Dad to cross the line, I chatted with Angie Levesque.  Her five-yr-old daughter Isabelle (what a cutie!) was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 2.  Isabelle is a delightful little girl, and yet another reason we need to beat diabetes.

Brandon Foggwell of North Hampton, NH was this year's top individual fundraiser, and I had the pleasure of meeting him.  This is his tenth year riding the Tour de Cure. 

Christen Dellorco, a volunteer captain, was moved to tears as she reflected on the inspiring stories she's heard through the day.  Stories of triumph, stories of determination and committment. 

Oh, and did I mention?  Both my husband and my brother-in-law have Type 1 diabetes.  Although they had their rain gear on, they are most definitely "Red Riders," making them not just riders but the REASON for the ride.  DH has been living with diabetes for nearly 25 years.  I'm so thankful that in spite of living with a difficult condition for many years, he is healthy.  Here's their fundraising results from this year, but they are already planning for next year's ride! 

It's not too late to make a contribution to the Tour de Cure. For more information, contact Emily Silevinac, esilevinac@diabetes.org


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