Tour De Cure: Biking for a better future

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By Section Editor

Kaileigh Moore ’12 on the race.

Living with diabetes is considered by many to be a difficult and trying experience. Kaileigh Moore ‘12 knows this well, but has decided to do something about it by taking part in the Tour de Cure, which is an annual fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). It is a cycling event that takes place nationwide, and is one of the ADA’s biggest events. Moore is participating in the local event that is taking place at Saratoga Springs High School on Sunday, June 6. Riders can choose to bike between 10, 25, 50, 62.5 or 100 miles. The event brings out thousands of bikers and hundreds of volunteers.

The event in Saratoga is known to be one of the nation’s highest fundraising groups, and they hope to continue this well into the future.  Moore was diagnosed with Type I diabetes on September 17, 2003, and has been involved the tour since 2004. As an athlete on Union’s cross country team, the disease interferes with many aspects of Moore’s life proves to be an obstacle that stands in the way of her goals. But clearly, this is not slowing her down. From 2005 to 2008 she was the official youth advocate for the tour and this year she will be riding 25 miles. She is also co-captain of her team, Team Red. The other co-captain is Larry Lowe, a chef in West Dining who also has diabetes. Jeff Warner, a campus safety bike officer, will also be riding on the team. “This is my second Tour de Cure. Although I am not diabetic, I have friends and family who are,” commented Warner. “I originally signed up as an individual rider. By chance, Kaileigh Moore’s mother asked me to join Team Red while I was attending the Adirondack Summer Expo in Saratoga Springs.  How ironic [is it that] I ended up on a team with a Union student and the team captain who works for Dining Services?”

The team is made up of riders with diabetes, but also friends and family. Moore stated that the team’s main goal this year is “to have the biggest Team Red in the country and to raise as much money as possible.” Moore made it a point to mention her interest in getting others involved. “We would love to have other members of the Union community ride with us, whether it is faculty, staff or students. Individuals can sign up online at www.diabetes.org/tour, don’t forget to join Team Red though!”

Donations are being accepted online, or by giving money directly to any of the team members. Checks should be made payable to the American Diabetes Association.  If riding and donating aren’t an option, the event is always looking for volunteers. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact dnicastro@diabetes.org. Moore ended on a sentimental note: “I’m really looking forward to the event this year—Its one of my favorite days of the year, the people at the ride have become like a second family to me. It’s such a positive and loving environment. I hope to see more support, awareness, and involvement from the Union community this year.”

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