Anchorage Tour de Cure this Weekend Benefits Alaska Diabetes Programs
On June 8, dedicated riders from all over the region will converge upon Anchorage’s Mountain View Lions Park to ride in the 2014 American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure to benefit diabetes programs in Alaska. Tour de Cure riders have some pretty compelling stories to share.
Family Team Unicycling for Diabetes
Sure, lots of people run, walk or ride a bicycle to raise money for a cause: But how many times do you see a family so dedicated to a cause they commit to a fundraiser on … unicycles?
Ben Richardson, an elementary school teacher who has type 1 diabetes, recently unicycled 100 miles in the American Diabetes Association’s Seattle Tour de Cure and is now preparing to ride the Anchorage Tour de Cure ride with his wife, Diann, and brother, Chris. Ben rides to raise money to fight diabetes, but also to show kids who have type 1 that there's nothing they can't do if they set their minds to it.
Ben’s Seattle unicycle ride.
Diabetes Fundraising a Family Affair for the Welchs
Ten-year-old Cassie Welch and her family took part in their first Tour de Cure in 2012, just months after her diagnosis with type 1 diabetes. Now their whole extended family works together to ride as Team Welch: 27 uncles, aunts, grandparents, brothers and friends all fundraise together to make this one of the ride’s top Friends and Family teams. All told the team includes 11 kids of various ages, 14 adults and two seniors. Cassie’s grandmother even makes purses out of blue jeans during the year to sell as part of her fundraising efforts and has raised $3,000 doing so! Cassie’s uncle, who is principal of Romig Middle School, held a luncheon in the Teacher’s Lounge to raise money and encourage others to ride. For the Welchs, raising money to fight diabetes is a family affair!
Mike Martin: One of the Nation’s Top Diabetes Fundraisers
Mike Martin, whose son, David, has type 1 diabetes, has taken fundraising to new heights for the Anchorage Tour de Cure. He is the state’s top fundraiser for this cause, raising $150,000 over the past 10 years. In 2013, he was the 3rd top fundraiser for Tour de Cure nationally, raising just over $47,000. He’ll ride again this year to keep the research dollars coming in!
Mother-Daughter Red Riders
Emily Brown and her mother, Jennifer, have been riding as a team for years, since she was just 5 years old. Emily recently won a KTUU Fund the Future Scholarship for her participation in Tour de Cure.