The mission of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is: To prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Every year, the ADA holds a series of fundraising cycling events called the Tour de Cure. The Tour—held in 44 states nationwide—is a ride, not a race. During the two-day event, cyclists can ride 10 miles or 150 miles. The object is to ride, not to “endure.”
In 2011, more than 55,000 cyclists in 80 events raised more than $18 million to support the ADA. The HensonFuerst Cycling Team raised more than $34,000, making it the 34th top fundraising teams in the United States. The team, captained by Thomas Henson, who has had type 1 diabetes since age 9, is now preparing for the 2012 race.
The local 2012 Tour de Cure will be held on June 2-3, beginning in Cary, North Carolina. If you would like to join the HensonFuerst Cycling Team, we’re taking on new members! Currently, the HensonFuerst Cycling Team has 40 members, of all skill levels—beginners, recreational riders, and triathletes. While the Tour is our premiere cycling event, we participate in other charity rides throughout the year. To join us, or for more information, please contact Thomas Henson at ThomasHenson@lawmed.com.
If you don’t want to ride with us, you can still participate. We invite everyone to come watch the ride and cheer on the cyclists. And, of course, we welcome donations to benefit this very worthwhile cause. Our goal this year is ambitious: $5o,000. To support the HensonFuerst Cycling Team in the Tour de Cure, visit the personal Tour page of team captain Thomas Henson here: Donate to help stop diabetes!