Local Residents Riding to Stop Diabetes at the Return of Tour de Cure Hawaii

For Immediate Release: June 2013
Contact: Leslie Lam
Email: llam@diabetes.org
Phone: 808-947-5979

Honolulu, Hawaii -- The American Diabetes Association is challenging Hawaii riders to be part of the Stop Diabetes® movement by taking part in the return of Tour de Cure®, in Hawaii, a cycling event happening on Saturday, September 7th at Queen Kapiolani Park to help raise funds to change the future of diabetes and to help stop this devastating disease that has reaped havoc on our islands.

Cyclists from the region will gather to take part in 4 routes to participate in the event. They will join the more than 60,000 other cyclists and volunteers from across the country at 90 other sites. Individuals and teams composed of co-workers, family, and friends are taking the ride of their life by helping raise funds for the nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes. Tour de Cure Hawaii is designed for anyone from the occasional to the experienced cyclist with routes to include a 5-mile ohana/keiki ride, 10-mile, 25-mile and a 50-mile ride towards Kailua Beach Park. The route will feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders on.

"Many people will participate in the Tour de Cure for the stimulating competition, camaraderie and physical cycling challenge. But the real reward comes in knowing that every mile they ride and every dollar they raise brings us that much closer to stopping this disease that affects more than 113,000 people in our community," said Dr. Dee-Ann Carpenter, American Diabetes Association's Hawaii Community Leadership Board President. "With diabetes growing at near-epidemic proportions, the need for funds has never been so great." she added.

The Tour de Cure raises funds through registration fees and pledges collected by the cyclists. To register, cyclists or volunteers can call the American Diabetes Association at 808-947-5979 or visit us at www.diabetes.org/tourdecurehawaii.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800 342-2383) or the local office at 808-947-5979.