Like "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! "