It’s a scary statistic, one in every ten people may suffer from diabetes by 2030, unless major changes are made.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is doing their part to reverse the disease’s startling numbers by hosting a series of fundraising cycling events across the nation.
Five-hundred-fifty riders came to the Sarpy County Fairgrounds in Springfield Sunday morning for the 6th annual Tour de Cure.
Twelve-year-old Carter Fangmeyer participated in the ride. He’s had type-one diabetes.
“It’s very hard some days as you realize this is never going to go away,” says Fangmeyer.
“Pricking your fingers, looking at the calluses, just wondering when will this end?”
He rode ten miles and shares his story about living with the daunting disease with people all over the country as a youth advocate for the ADA.
“It’s very touching to me that this many people would come. This is a terrible disease and I would do anything to get rid of it.”
Bikers could ride ten, 20, or 50 miles and had to raise a minimum of $150 dollars.
It’s money going towards research and outreach to stop the disease that affects nearly 24 million Americans. And it affects teens at staggering rates.
According to the ADA, one out of every three people born after the year 2000 will develop the disease. If you’re a minority that number becomes one out of every two.
Cindy Wofford rode 35 miles for a family friend who has diabetes.
“I appreciate being able to ride because I know diabetics have to deal with diets and fatigue sometimes, but they can live a normal life when they get the right treatment.”
She says she turned to Facebook to help raise the money to ride.
“I feel like our dollars can help their treatments get easier all the time so they can live a normal life.”
The fundraiser raised $160,000 dollars and will go towards education outreach and critical research to help find a cure.