November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The American Diabetes Association envisions a life free of this dreaded disease. The goal of this month is to raise awareness and come together as a community to Stop Diabetes, a disease that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States alone. According to ada.org: “Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.”
My own grandmother had diabetes so I am very familiar with the disease. When the opportunity to be part of the marketing and communications committee of the Orange County ADA came along, I was happy to help.
On November 2nd, 2013, The American Diabetes Association (ADA) held the Tour De Cure, which challenged riders to be part of the Stop Diabetes® movement by participating in the nationwide cycling event. In Orange County, CA, hundreds of participants took part in the Tour De Cure and raised funds to change the future of diabetes and help stop the disease. The Orange County Tour de Cure had routes designed for occasional to experienced
cyclists. Participants chose from two road routes, a metric century or 25-mile; and two mountain bike routes, one 10-mile and one 20-mile. Additionally, there was a 6-mile family friendly route that went through O’Neil Park in Trabuco Canyon.
LIKE the American Diabetes Association – Orange County on Facebook to see how you can help Stop Diabetes.
Here are some photos from the day’s events collected in my Storify.