For way too many years, I took something in life for granted.  It wasn't until my dad called me and told me the news that he was diabetic did I really notice how I took "being healthy" for granted.  That diagnosis not only put a red flag on my own medical chart but it truly changed his quality of life moving forward.  Every other day, he spent a good chunk of hours hooked up to a dialysis machine as life continued on outside the clinic where he went for treatment.

Daily monitoring.  Insulin injections.  Dialysis appointments. Diet changes.  Life changed dramatically for him and our family once the word "diabetes" entered the picture.

I couldn't take the diagnosis away from him but I could show my support.  And one event that I found in Minnesota wasn't just helping raise funds and awareness about diabetes -  it was also a ton of fun for our family!  Plus, you can get dressed up if you want.  #LikeMyHat?

Jessica Williams - TSM Rochester
Jessica Williams - TSM Rochester

One of Minnesota's Largest Bike Rides is Back June 1st!

My dad isn't the only one who has had the word "diabetes" added to his medical chart.  1.2 million Americans each year are diagnosed with diabetes and face the challenges that come with it.

Just like I had a chance years ago to show support for my dad, you have that same opportunity to show support to those you know who are fighting this disease thanks to a huge bike riding event coming up on June 1st, 2024 in Minnesota, Tour de Cure!

Join the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. Routes for all riders so you choose how you want to participate. And if you see someone with a red jersey that day, those are our red riders - people living with diabetes who are riding to help find a cure. Bring your family and join in on this full day of fun!

- American Diabetes Association

Everything You Need to Know About Tour de Cure in Minnesota

  • WHERE: Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St NE, Minneapolis, MN (Get Directions)
  • DATES: June 1st, 2024
  • WHAT:   Tour de Cure: Minnesota is a unique cycling event that encompasses all that the Twin Cities has to offer. Centered around Boom Island Park, cyclists will have the opportunity to start and finish right along the Mississippi, with beautiful views of downtown Minneapolis! No matter which route you choose, you will enjoy a fun day of cycling while supporting an amazing cause.
    • Routes - 63 miles - Ready for a Challenge? Sign up for our 63-mile metric century! Follow the Mississippi River south and experience beautiful bike paths, views, and scenery.
    • 52 miles - Our 52-mile route makes for a great day on the bike for riders ready for miles of fun!
    • 25 miles - Head out for 25 miles and follow the Mississippi south as you ride past the University of Minnesota’s campus before continuing down to Hidden Falls Regional Park!
    • 5 miles - Grab the family and ride our fun 5-mile route that takes you all along the waterfront, over the bridge to Nicollet Island Park, over Merriam Street Bridge and Northern Pacific Bridge Number 9! Stop at our halfway point rest stop before heading back up alongside the opposite shore, through multiple parks, before crossing the Plymouth Avenue Bridge and celebrating your ride back at Boom Island!
American Diabetes Assoc. - Upper Midwest - Facebook
American Diabetes Assoc. - Upper Midwest - Facebook
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