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Tour de Cures....I support
this 100%! I know where
the money is going...I
love helping ADA out. ”
What is Tour de Cure?
It’s a ride, not a race, and a signature
fundraising event for the American Di-
abetes Association. It takes place in 90
cities, and we are celebrating our 25th
anniversary across the country. Locally,
this is our 12th year in Central Florida,
and since 2010 we have been holding
our event in Lake Nona. Tour de Cure is
not just a ride, it’s a celebration! The day
starts off with breakfast for the riders,
lunch, massages when they come back,
music and a fully supported course.
What do the funds raised go
We are currently funding research
in Florida Hospital and right here in
Lake Nona in Sanford Burnham. The
American Diabetes Association has do-
nated $1.1 million to research diabetes
at Sanford Burnham. The researchers
at Sanford Burnham are active par-
ticipants in our event. Not only are
they actively communicating with the
American Diabetes Association about
their breakthroughs, but they even
have a team that rides the day of the
We are funding Resistance Research
Study at Florida Hospital Translational
Research Institute by Dr. Lauren Sparks.
The main goal of the study is to divide
participants (all have type 2 diabetes)
into groups of high and low respond-
ers (10 weeks of treadmill walking) in
terms of muscle metabolism and then
drill down on what “brakes” are on
their DNA that are preventing them
from reaping the metabolic benefits of
Here’s some of the information that
this research showed:
exercise benefits most, but not all,
individuals with type 2 diabetes
retrospective analyses have shown
15-20% of individuals with T2D don’t
respond to supervised exercise in
terms of glucose control and muscle
we believe that the answer lies in
their DNA and how it’s “read” (so
Who can participate in your
The Tour de Cure event is for eve-
ryone! We have different distances
available. People can ride 10, 25, 50,
63, or 100 miles the day of the event.
We have training rides, and we help
people train for it. We have stories of
people who are recently diagnosed
and want to ride, so we help them
get there. One of the things diabetes
patients hear is “to exercise and eat
clean.” This event gives them the op-
portunity to start. For everyone else,
it’s a way to support the ADA.
Do participants have to fund-
Yes. Some people think fundrais-
ing is hard, but we help them along
the way and give them incentives.
They get a special packet, special jer-
seys, and a networking cocktail party
Thursday before the race at Jaguar of
Orlando by Millenia.
Where does the ride take place?
For the first time, we are going into
Osceola County. The longer routes are
heading to St. Cloud. The shorter dis-
tance rides will stay here in Lake Nona.
We will have a new start location this
year at the Lake Nona Town Center.
How many riders are you antici-
Last year, we had 1,200 riders. This
year, we are hoping to get to 1,500. The
shorter distances appeal to a lot of peo-
ple. Every year, we see more and more
people signing up for the 10- and 25-
What is your fundraising goal?
Last year, the event raised $565,000.
This year, we are hoping to reach
$625,000. In 2017, we want to hit $1 mil-
lion. Back in 2010, we raised $300,000.
As Lake Nona grows, and as the event
grows, the funds raised grow as well.
Who are the Red Riders?
Red Riders are diabetes patients
who are taking charge of their dia-
betes and their health. We give them
a special red shirt that says “Red
Rider.” Every time you see a red jer-
sey, you yell out “GO RED RIDER!!”
and that really pumps them up and
keeps them going. They ride in the
GO RED RIDERS!!
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GO RED RIDERS!!!! This is what the American Diabetes As-
sociation (ADA) hopes to hear from our Lake Nona commu-
nity on March 13 when 1,500 bike riders will take over Lake
Nona to raise funds to find a cure for diabetes.
Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United
States. 11.8 million Seniors and 208,000 young Americans
(under 20 years of age) are diagnosed with diabetes. The
American Diabetes Association created Tour de Cure in
2005 in an effort to raise funds for diabetes research, educa-
tion and advocacy.
I had the pleasure to meet with Cesar Cesareo, Associate Di-
rector of Special Events for the American Diabetes Associa-
tion in Central Florida.
18 MARCH 2016
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