The Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure kicked off last Wednesday at Brightwell Brasserie in Easton, with cyclists and volunteers gathering to prepare for the event and raise funds for diabetes research. Scheduled for Saturday, May 19th, the bike tour will take cyclists across Talbot County, for a 10, 25, 55 or 100 mile course.
The spring-like evening was perfect for the outdoor event. Cyclists and supporters mingled at the outdoor bar, with healthy snacks such as sweet beet cubes with blue cheese, smoked salmon canapés and gruyere popovers. John Anderson came dressed in a cycling vest, representing Team Type 2 – a cycling team of people from all walks of life, from 18 years old to 73, ride in events around the country for diabetes. Anderson’s story can be found on the site, along with other members of the team.
First diagnosed with diabetes in 1989, Anderson said “it might sound funny, but diabetes was the best thing that ever happened to me. I never really paid attention to food before. Now, it’s as if a whole new world of tastes and flavors are available to me. I’m not mindless about eating anymore, I’m trying great tastes from all over the world and I’m feeling great.” 23 years later, Anderson manages his disease with the help of insulin, but exercise and diet are big factors in maintaining his health.
Locally, one in ten people in Talbot County have diabetes; nearly 400,000 Marylanders have it. 1 out of every 10 health care dollars is spent on diabetes care, and the numbers continue to grow. By the year 2050, it’s predicted that 1 in 3 Americans will have the disease. The most expensive chronic disease in America, nearly $174 billion is spent each year on diabetes care.
“I’m so delighted and inspired by the local support” said Kathy Rogers, executive director of the American Diabetes Association’s Maryland regional office. “We’re on track to have 700 riders in our first year” she said.
Local musician Kentavius Jones will perform on the eve of the event; all riders who raise $1,000 or more will be invited to the VIP party with Jones at Cottingham Farm. Live band performances by Chester River Runoff will take place on the day of the event, May 19th. Attendees will have access to many event festivities, including a beer garden and special activities for kids.
The American Diabetes Association leads the fight to stop the disease and its deadly consequences. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes and delivers services to communities across the country. Founded in 1940, their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.