Hundreds of cyclists rolled out as “Team Red” Saturday in support of the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, sponsored in part by WAVY TV.
The courses started from King’s Fork High School and consisted of 10, 25, 65 and 100-mile routes for riders of all ages and abilities.
An estimated 1,500 cyclists, volunteers and families took part in an effort to raise $450,000 to fund the research, education and advocacy of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Deanie Eldridge, the executive director of ADA, explained why so many wheels were turning in support of the cause.
“They (participants) raise awareness, raise funds for the cause,” said Eldridge. “If you ask anyone with diabetes what they want, it’s a cure.”
Events like this make a difference to people like Maggie Morris Fears, who is a diabetes researcher and grant recipient. She expressed her optimism in bringing an end to this debilitating disease that affects 29 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
“We’re really hoping that in the next few years we’ll have answers, to have treatment to prevent the onset of diabetes or to even cure diabetes, both type 1 and type 2,” said Fears. “I am not alone means just that. I am not. There’s a big support group behind me.”
That support group also consisted of personalities like WAVY’s Nicole Livas, Lex Gray and the Face of FOX 43’s Ty Lorenzo, who came together as part of Team Red.