THIS SPRING, BRAD HELFERICH will ;re up the barbeque
in a tradition he started eight years ago, shortly a;er he ;rst
joined the Tour de Cure®—one of two signature fundraising
events sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and
held across the United States each year.
The 38-year-old Red Rider®, as Tour cyclists with
diabetes are honored, puts on fundraising barbeques the
weekend before the Minneapolis Tour de Cure each year.
More than 100 riders gather to eat, play games, and
support the Association’s e;orts to raise money for
diabetes research, education, and awareness. “We get a lot
of donations and have a lot of fun,” Helferich says. Last
year, his barbeque raised over $15,000 for the Association.
Tour de Cure and Step Out® Walk to Stop Diabetes®
“You have folks doing well, sharing their success stories
(participants are called Red Striders®) are the Association’s
biggest fundraisers. They’re also great opportunities for
people with diabetes and their loved ones, friends, and
coworkers to show their support. Case in point: Last October,
at the Step Out walk in Montrose Harbor, Illinois, the My
Future Starts Now team raised more than $10,000. The team
was headed by Anthony Fletcher, 52, who has lived with
type; 2 diabetes for 17 years.
and giving you helpful tips,” Fletcher says of the event.
“Everyone walks away encouraged, inspired, and wanting
to do better with managing diabetes.”;
Find a team, or start your own. Here are the events
scheduled through 2017:
Riding and striding for a cure
| By Benjamin Hubbert