Tour de Cure!

By OMG-T2 Latest Reply 2013-06-04 01:39:58 -0500
Started 2013-05-12 22:23:30 -0500

Hi everyone!

I can't say if I've posted this in the right place, but I perused the other categories and nothing seemed spot-on, so let's just hope that I'm at least close to where I need to be…

I want to let everyone here at Diabetic Connect that I am riding in the Albuquerque, NM area Tour de Cure for 2013. The ride happens on June 1, 2013 and I'm signed up - as a Red Rider (a person with diabetes) - to ride the 100K (about 62 miles, for the metrically impaired, like myself). The funds I am raising go to the American Diabetes Association for research, education and advocacy.

I'm riding in support of my family, friends and of the 26 million Americans impacted by this disease. I've been training hard and am loving every minute of my time on my bike, getting stronger, controlling my blood glucose, and feeling healthier than I have since being diagnosed in 2009. I have a small, but generous group of folks in my life who've contributed to my fundraising efforts, but I know there are more folks here, people like you, who have been significantly impacted by this disease and would like to make a contribution to a cause that can make a difference in ALL of our lives. This is your chance!

I invite you all to go to my Tour de Cure page and make a contribution in support of my ride - anything at all would be wonderful - I have what I feel is a modest goal of $750 and am currently at 68% of that. I know with your help I can meet, and maybe exceed my goal. As a final inducement, should you make a donation and let me know who you are, I will proudly add your name to my jersey to show my appreciation for the support!

Thanks so much!

21 replies

OMG-T2 2013-06-04 01:39:58 -0500 Report

As an update, I DID in fact ride in the ADA's Tour de Cure on 1 June, 2013! I had a great time and raised $544.00 to aid the ADA's efforts to combat diabetes. I wasn't able to do the 100K course (medical reasons), but I did ride the 25 mile course. It was a fine, hot, slightly windy day in Albuquerque, and the turnout for the event was wonderful: the riders, the staff, the volunteers and all the folks who cheered us on, particularly those of us who were Red Riders - it was just fantastic!

I appreciate the support of certain members here - and I took your enthusiasm with me as I rode. Those of you who chose to nitpick and heckle my honest, open-hearted efforts…well, all I can say is, I didn't think of you at all at the time!

I'm already looking forward to doing the ride again next year…maybe then I will be able to do my longed-for 100K!

Thanks again!

sNerTs1 2013-05-14 08:07:14 -0500 Report

Listen … You all don't have to GIVE *money* to the cause, but, you can give this person MORAL SUPPORT for going that extra mile in honor of our disease. Why look at all the NEGATIVES around something. Not everything is negative, there ARE POSITIVES to look at here. Go to your area Tour de Cure and see if you can help along the race or just go and watch. Or don't even go and sit here on a forum board and complain about one thing or another.

And don't for a second decide to post on here all the things you personally do, I don't care about your boasts. I do care that this posting has taken such a negative turn towards someone who is trying to do something good!!


IronOre 2013-05-13 23:30:54 -0500 Report

Well OMG-12 . . .
The ADA has been a vigorous advocate of ObamaCare, which is something many people, including myself (a T1 diabetic for 38 years) absolutely hates.
Also in my 38 years of being a diabetic the only thing the ADA does is ask me for money, and I have no idea where it goes.

OMG-T2 2013-05-14 00:45:03 -0500 Report

Ah yes, the ever-ugly political beast stirs… Somehow, I just knew that this would devolve into another issue entirely. Look, with all due respect, I don't care to take this turn, I can get down in this as well as anyone else, but I would rather not.

I understand the loathing that some folks have for what the ADA represents as their agenda goes (and, should you care to, you can find out more if you go to even the Tour de Cure website and click through to the sections that tell you what's done with the monies raised), but that's not why I am doing the Tour de Cure. As I stated, I am doing it to raise funds for the ADA's advocacy, research and education around the 26 million Americans dealing with this disease RIGHT NOW. I don't care what the agenda is.

For me, this is a classic instance of doing something rather than just sitting idly by waiting for it to get done. And I'll be honest, I really thought that if I presented my idea here at DC, I would have received a whole lot more support, but that hasn't proven to be the case. So be it, I can't make anyone support me…so, I'll just leave it for now, with a little quote: "It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness". That's my attitude, and my agenda, as simple and as elegant as it can be!

IronOre 2013-05-14 12:19:43 -0500 Report

What is wrong with disagreeing with the politcal views of a charitable organizations or not ?
Thank goodness I never gave to that "pink" group as last year it made the news whn money that was given to that went for abortion advocacy.
I would feel much better about giving to groups like this if I knew exactly where the money goes and "giving to diabetes" is not good enough for me.
Ok so if I give money to you, How do I know you are not just pocketing it ?

OMG-T2 2013-05-15 02:28:37 -0500 Report

IronOre -

There's nothing at all wrong with disagreeing with (or attacking, as you put it in another reply) the political views of a charitable organization or the organization itself. I don't quibble about the rights of people to spend their time, energy, etc. any way they want. And that goes double for how people choose to donate their money.

I think I have been abundantly clear about my intentions and the issues raised with my original post, it's up to the reader/respondent to make their decision. I certainly wouldn't attempt to coerce anyone into doing anything they don't want to, likewise, I would expect that if someone doesn't want to make a donation in support of what I'm doing, don't - but then why don't you just move along and/or leave it alone? It's like turning off the television when you are viewing something you don't care to see, or perhaps being thankful for not donating to that "pink" group. People have their reasons for what they do or don't do…I haven't said a thing to suggest otherwise.

Actually, now that I have reread your responses in this thread, I'm realizing that you haven't really absorbed anything I've said at all here, IronOre. I never once said that what I'm doing is 'merely' "giving to diabetes"…that comment doesn't make any sense, and I know for a fact that I'm imminently sensible, so nope, that wasn't me.

Okay, so now that I've fended off your attempts to engage me in absurdist discourse, I will conclude this reply by telling you that I find your last comment completely laughable, and if you had done any actual research into the allocation of funds by the ADA, specifically related to the Tour de Cure, you'd know how it works and why your ridiculous question doesn't even deserve a response from me…well, except for the laughter - thanks, I can always use a good chuckle!

OMG-T2 2013-05-13 14:49:20 -0500 Report

OMG! Really? Just Joyce, are you totally insinuating that I am a scammer because YOU don't recognize the validity of the American Diabetes Association and its fundraising efforts? I seriously resent such an implication. Not that I owe anyone an explanation, but I have worked in law enforcement for nearly 20 years, and I am as appalled by the behavior of scammers and those people who prey on the vulnerabilities of others as anyone else, and I would NEVER, NEVER, NEVER knowingly be a part of anything that perpetrated those sorts of offenses against others.

Just Joyce, maybe before you went on your own personal journey of aligning me with others who've tried to bilk you out of your money or whatever, you could have done a little of the homework you touted and seen that I am totally legitimate - even here in this community (though I haven't been around as much as I used to be, I have been a member longer than you). The legitimacy extends to the ADA and the tens of thousands of participants, volunteers and donors to this worthy cause. Go to the site - you don't even need to use my link - and see what the ADA reports relative to the Tour de Cure, its mission, the distribution of funds, etc.

As I said at the beginning of my Tour de Cure post, I wasn't sure if I'd placed it properly, and even now I'm not sure as I don't find anything stating what you assert about getting permission to solicit funds, but since I read the site's Terms of Use, I felt it was okay in the moment and so will await the verdict from Administration. It's fine, I really don't care if my post is removed as long as the idea was introduced to people's consciousness and as a result they perhaps make a donation, or sign up to volunteer or even ride in their local Tour de Cure.

You don't want to support me? That's fine Just Joyce, I'd truly prefer to be supported by goodhearted folks who are just visionary enough to be a part of this extraordinary effort, and not someone so angry that they can't see what so many other people do on the behalf of all of us who have this disease, I am certainly not the biggest and brightest star in the Tour de Cure galaxy, but I try to shine all the same.

Wow, I really can't believe that I was pushed to 'go there' around this…I have never, in my decades of service, fundraising, activism and genuine love for the opportunities to 'give back' in some way, been called a scammer, or anything remotely close to it!

IronOre 2013-05-14 12:20:21 -0500 Report

You are so full of it.

OMG-T2 2013-05-15 16:54:59 -0500 Report

IronOre, if you are directing your baseless commentaries at me, you may want to consider actually knowing me before you make such an assessment. I am most assuredly NOT full of whatever "it" is, especially if "it" is nasty or bad - though, I guess I should defer to your expertise in that department. I am, however pretty full of myself - certainly enough to know better than to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person - because I'll win, and something so easy isn't all that entertaining.

You don't know me, so why don't you just take your negative, know-nothing, ignorant pettiness somewhere it might be more fully appreciated…say, to your upcoming family reunion? In all seriousness, if you have nothing good to say, nothing proactive to contribute, please, for the love of all that is sacred and good, stop flaunting your idiocy in my thread.

IronOre 2013-05-13 23:32:52 -0500 Report

It can be an extraordinary effort, but the effort has to go somewhere to be worth the labor, and money, put into it - and so far I see nothing.

OMG-T2 2013-05-15 17:28:42 -0500 Report

News Flash, IronOre - you probably won't see the results of any efforts in this regard until you actually go to a site and check out the accounting. Until that time, anything you say has no meaning.

sNerTs1 2013-05-12 22:37:15 -0500 Report

This is a very cool thing! I have 2 friends (husband / wife team) that do this every year here in WI. I contributed through them and their team. Thank you for going "that extra mile" I wish you luck and easy peddling :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-13 10:39:51 -0500 Report

I got a call a month or so ago from an organization on my house phone saying they were doing the Tour de Cour in my city. (the only people who call my house phone are telemarketers and scam artist. Everyone else calls my cell) I thought this was a great idea until I asked what the route was and if they had a call back number. Turned out the race was going to start at a parking lot located between our baseball and football stadiums. I thought great place. Unfortunately for them not one of the streets the race was to follow is located in my city and the phone number didn't exist. The website did. The donation could not be made through pay pal and the site was not a secure site. I clicked contact us link and the organization was located in Toronto Canada. I sent an email to a friend in Toronto and she could not find any information on them and the street address did not exist. Hopefully no one donated to them. I hate scams period but when it comes to raising funds for diseases and kids needing medical care that really burns me. I reported the website to the BBB and hopefully they will be stopped. I never ever donate to anyone asking for anything especially for kids medical care and disease related fundraising because these are the biggest scams going. I make sure I donate to well established charities with a track record. Tour de Cure sounds like it would be great if it was done in my city by a legal company or charity. We do have the Diabetes Walk. I would love to do that one.

sNerTs1 2013-05-13 11:06:25 -0500 Report

Unfortunately there are scams everywhere we look. I know the foundation is legit in my area and while this is Nationally recognized (Tour De Cure), doesn't mean that scammers can't attach onto it like everything else. That's not saying that everyone who does this is a fraud, just a few bad apples that fell.
It is unfortunate that we have to constantly watch our backs like this, but, it's good practice to always check things out no matter what it's for.
I am, however, always the optimist that there are still great people walking amongst us.

Bottom line is this … ALWAYS check out where your money is going to before you donate. Have a beautiful day *Hugs* Cheryl

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-13 11:16:35 -0500 Report

I agree, I believe that there are still great people amongst us, I just don't automatically trust them. Sadly scammers prevent people from donating. They tend to get more money then legitimate charities and organizations.

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