American Diabetes Association - Oregon

To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Apr 1, 2015

Meet Betsy- A Tour de Cure Red Rider

Betsy Hartley
Betsy Hartley

The purpose of the Red Rider program is to support everyone who lives with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and showcase the courage it takes to live every day with this difficult disease. It's time to celebrate those with diabetes who get on their bikes and ride! The Tour de Cure recognizes riders with diabetes as the heroes on the day of the event! 

Being a Red Rider means...
That you are not alone.  With hundreds of riders who may share a similar story, and hundreds more to support you, being a Red Rider can help with your first step or your millionth- in your fight to live a healthier life!

We are thrilled to highlight Red Rider, Betsy.  Betsy and all our Red Riders remind us why all of our hard work with fundraising is so important.  Every dollar raised helps us get that much closer to our mission; to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.  The funds raised through Tour de Cure support advocacy, research and education efforts in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

MEET BETSY!
"Why I ride?!

I weighed 392 at my heaviest. I was a Type 2 Diabetic taking 3 shots a day and a handful of other prescriptions meds. This went on for almost 10 years. 

July of 2011 I decided I was done. I was ready to do whatever I had to do to change. I was ready to LIVE. And be healthy. 

I am now 46, weigh 165 and I am no longer a Type 2 diabetic.  I started this whole process of changing my lifestyle to see if I could REALLY reverse Type 2 diabetes.I no longer just wanted to survive with something that I was being told I had the chance to reverse. And I had to try to reverse it since I hadn't paid attention over the years when they warned me to change my ways... 

We with T2 have at least a shot at trying to reverse the disease. 

I started eating less, eating healthier and moving more. That's it. That's what I have done to the best of my ability the last 1,200+ days. It's been a lot of hard work, but so, so, so worth it!

I am PROUD to ride and raise money for this great organization and for my 3rd Tour de Cure for several reasons

  1. It's a fun event on a beautiful course!  Well run, safe, family-friendly, super volunteers -- it's a great riding event for anyone of ANY level.  
  2. I relied heavily on American Diabetes Association resources when I was first diagnosed and I want to make SURE that those resources are available for others who need the help.  
  3. This hard-working organization also works to fund and find a cure for Type 1 diabetes AND they have a great program to make sure children with Type 1 in schools have trained providers who can help with diabetes care when they aren't with their families.  
  4. Who doesn't love a great day, in the sun, with friends, on their bike?!

    Come on!  Join me at Tour de Cure on July 25!  It's fun for everyone of all ages and riding abilities!"
    - Betsy

Thank you for your support of Tour de Cure. 

Betsy Hartley
Betsy Hartley

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Apr 1, 2015

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

Red Strider
Red Strider

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is the signature fundraising walk of the American Diabetes Association. Formerly Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes and America’s Walk for Diabetes, the event has been taking place for more than 20 years and has raised more than $175,000,000 to Stop Diabetes!

More than 100,000 participants from 108 walk events across the country came together last year to raise almost $24 million.

Step Out Walks vary in length and each has its own local flavor, but some common themes can be found across all events:

Red Striders: A Red Strider is someone living with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes who participates in our events. They are given a Red Strider hat to wear on walk day and are recognized in many special ways. They are a reminder of why we walk!

Champions: Participants who raise $1,000 or more become “Champions to Stop Diabetes”. They are committed to doing everything they can to Stop Diabetes and are truly the backbone of our fundraising efforts. Once a participant sets their fundraising goal at $1,000 or higher, they receive the full support of their ADA staff partner to help achieve their goals. Each Champion receives a medal and other perks at and leading up to the event.

Teams: Teams come in all sizes—two or more people make a team! There are all types of teams involved with Step Out: corporations, families, clubs & organizations, and school groups build teams to walk for those who have been touched by diabetes.

There are many faces and aspects to Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes that all contributed to a community committed to doing their part to prevent and cure diabetes once and for all.

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Jan 14, 2015

2014 Portland Step Out Walk Update - Thank you!

Thank you very much for your generous support of the 2014 Portland Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes event which was held on November 22, 2014. The event was a great success as 85 teams with more than 700 walkers raised over $160,000 to support the American Diabetes Associations mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Your donations were part of this great achievement which will provide funding for diabetes research, advocacy and programs for the more than 345,000 living in our communities with diabetes.

Step Out moved to the Oregon Convention Center this year and was combined with our annual Diabetes Expo. The goal of Step Out is to raise awareness and funds for the mission of the American Diabetes Association while getting people to move their feet and show how walking is great fitness.  For people with diabetes, exercise and diet plays an important role in managing their health.

In 2015 we must continue our work as 29.1 million with diabetes need our support. We are currently working to further align our Step Out event with our communities and outreach to make an even larger impact.

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