Diabetes is colorblind and ageless. Anyone at any time can be affected by this disease. In fact, more than 23 million Americans are living with diabetes, which is nearly 2.5 times North Carolina’s population. But unless you’ve experienced the effects of this disease firsthand, it’s nearly impossible to truly understand its devastating nature.
To aid in the fight against diabetes, the HensonFuerst Cycling Team will be joining 500 cyclists in the American Diabetes Association’s North Carolina Tour de Cure on June 5 and 6.
“The primary goal we share by joining in this venture is to raise money to find a cure for diabetes,” said attorney Thomas Henson, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 9. “I have always believed that with greater blessings comes greater responsibility. We do this so we can protect all children from hearing the same words I did when I was young: ‘Son, you have diabetes.’ Don’t underestimate the fear that one sentence can cause…or the power we have to stop this disease.”
In addition to being this year’s Tour chairman, Henson is serving as the captain of the HensonFuerst Cycling Team. Together, they raised more than $14,000 during last year’s event and were named one of the Top 100 Teams and Fund Raisers. This is the team’s fifth year to participate, and they hope to raise more funds than before; they have set an impressive goal of reaching $20,000, all of which will benefit those living with diabetes.
The HensonFuerst Cycling Team includes 22 cyclists, and they’re looking for more riders to join them, have fun, and enjoy the camaraderie of cycling.
About the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure
The Tour de Cure is the nation’s largest event to raise money to fight diabetes, and thousands of riders and teams have participated in the event since its inception in 1991. Last year, more than 40,000 cyclists raised almost $17 million to help prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
The North Carolina Tour de Cure begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 5 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary, North Carolina, and includes a 150-mile ride for dedicated cyclists in addition to shorter family routes around Cary. (To see the full route, click here: Map My Ride)
The HensonFuerst Health Initiative
To recognize the importance of giving back, the firm established the HensonFuerst Health Initiative, a comprehensive plan that encompasses all of the law firm’s community service efforts. The initiative encourages everyone to prevent injuries, improve health and fitness, and aid organizations committed to bettering health and well-being.
HensonFuerst, P.A., is a North Carolina-based law firm specializing in catastrophic injury, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, and mass tort cases. For more than 30 years, the lawyers at HensonFuerst have represented those injured by the negligence of others. With successful multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements throughout the state of North Carolina, the team of 11 lawyers and 30 staff members at HensonFuerst offer considerable experience and resources for their clients. For more information about the firm, visit www.HensonFuerst.com.