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Portland residents invited to help fight diabetes at Tour de Cure July 28, 2018 - 07/23/18

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) invites riders, runners and walkers of all levels to join the celebration and be part of the movement to fight diabetes by taking part in the new Tour de Cure®, a fitness and community event happening on July 28, 2018 at AmberGlen Park in Hillsboro to help raise funds to support the ADA’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Every 21 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, nearly half of all American adults have either diabetes or prediabetes, which puts them at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes are at significant risk for serious complications including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness and lower-limb amputations. As the ADA’s premier fundraising event and one of the nation’s largest series of diabetes fundraising events, Tour de Cure brings together volunteers and participants invested in stemming the diabetes epidemic and funding research to find a cure.

“Tour de Cure is more than just a ride, walk or run– it is a celebration of the ADA’s mission and a chance to raise critical funds to help fight diabetes. Every mile covered and every dollar raised brings us that much more support in fighting this disease that affects 435,000 people in our community,” said Alison Bruun, ADA’s Executive Director, Oregon, Idaho and Southwest Washington.  “The prevalence of diabetes is growing each year, and action is absolutely necessary,” she added.

In addition to the traditional cycling ride, this year’s Tour de Cure event also features a 5k run as well as a 5k walk. The event provides a unique opportunity for businesses, clubs, friends and families to come together with the vision of a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Men, women, and children of all ages from around the region will form teams and gather at one of six routes to participate in the event.

Tour de Cure is designed for participants of all fitness levels, with 10-mile routes for the occasional cyclist to 100-mile century rides for experienced cyclists, and a 5k that you can walk or run.  Routes feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders along the way. Participants who have diabetes get VIP treatment as Red Riders and Red Striders. More than 65,000 cyclists and volunteers from across the country participate in TDC events each year.

Sponsored nationally by Eli Lilly and Company and Primal Wear Inc., and locally by Walgreens, Novo Nordisk, Genentech, Cushman & Wakefield, UnionBank, Performance Bicycle, KINK FM 101.9, Live 95.5 and FM News 101 KXL, Tour de Cure features a variety of routes, including: 100 Mile Century Ride, 63 mile ride, 49 mile ride, 30 mile ride, 10 mile ride and a 5K Run/Walk. Volunteers are also needed to make the event a success – register to ride, run, walk or volunteer at www.diabetes.org/tourpdx.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (Association) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Association drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the Association supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

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