Oct 8, 2019

Riding and Walking for Those Living with Diabetes

We had a wonderful time celebrating those living with diabetes on July 27th at Tour de Cure 2019! Our dedicated riders, walkers and volunteers made the day a great success. Over 435,000 people in Oregon have diabetes and another 1.07 million have prediabetes. The funds raised at Tour de Cure support diabetes research, prevention initiatives and programs to help these people living with the disease. One of our programs that is supported by the funds raised at Tour is Living With Type 2, which enrolls participants in a yearlong program that provides helpful resources on diabetes such as nutrition, monthly tips, peer support and information on community events. Our Type 2 Risk Test can alert someone that they might be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and get them the healthcare they need before it is too late. We’ve released a new online resource, The Diabetes Food Hub, which provides diabetes-friendly food options and meal plans to help manage this disease. These programs help lessen the burden of diabetes to help those living with the disease live their best lives.

Our Safe at School program has personally touched many of our Tour de Cure participants. With the help of local nurses and diabetes educators, Safe at School trains school personnel to understand the various aspects of diabetes management in a school setting, so that children living with diabetes can have the same experiences as their classmates. One of our over 50 champion fundraisers, Paige, is a young adult living with type 1 diabetes. When she was first diagnosed at seven years old, her life was flipped upside down. Her family called the American Diabetes Association to set up a Safe at School training. This training gave Paige and her family the security they needed to know that Paige’s school was a safe place for her.

Tour de Cure brings together those impacted by diabetes to raise money and awareness for this life-altering disease. We have come a long way in the 8 years since Paige’s diagnosis, but we still have a lot of work to do to make sure everyone affected by this disease has access to the medicine and technology needed while we work to ultimately find a cure.

Registration for Tour de Cure 2020 is open! Consider joining us to help us move closer to a world free of diabetes and its burdens.

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Jul 9, 2019

Making Schools a Safer Place

The number of children being diagnosed with diabetes (either type 1 or type 2) is rising. Younger/newly diagnosed students depend on the adults around them to help monitor their blood sugar and administer insulin. In an effort to make schools and school sponsored activities a safer environment, the American Diabetes Association created the Safe at School program. Concerned parents reach out to the ADA who then connect them with local volunteer trainers. These Safe at School trainers educate teachers and school staff who may be coming in contact with the child on how to treat and recognize high/low blood glucose and how to administer emergency glucagon.

With school being out for the summer, we are already gearing up for the next school year by scheduling multiple trainings across Oregon and SW Washington so that students and families feel safe returning to class this fall. Some private schools may not be required to hire additional staff to care for a student with diabetes as a public school would, so this program ensures that students living with diabetes have the same opportunities as those who are not.

Funds raised by Tour de Cure and the American Diabetes Association go towards advocacy, research, and education efforts. Without the support of our donors, the Safe at School program would not be possible. You can get involved by participating in our local Tour de Cure, coming up on July 27th at AmberGlen Park in Hillsboro, OR. We welcome all walkers, riders, and cyclists to join us! Your support can make a difference not only in the lives of students living with diabetes, but all people impacted by diabetes.

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Jul 9, 2019

Making Schools a Safer Place

The number of children being diagnosed with diabetes (either type 1 or type 2) is rising. Younger/newly diagnosed students depend on the adults around them to help monitor their blood sugar and administer insulin. In an effort to make schools and school sponsored activities a safer environment, the American Diabetes Association created the Safe at School program. Concerned parents reach out to the ADA who then connect them with local volunteer trainers. These Safe at School trainers educate teachers and school staff who may be coming in contact with the child on how to treat and recognize high/low blood glucose and how to administer emergency glucagon.

With school being out for the summer, we are already gearing up for the next school year by scheduling multiple trainings across Oregon and SW Washington so that students and families feel safe returning to class this fall. Some private schools may not be required to hire additional staff to care for a student with diabetes as a public school would, so this program ensures that students living with diabetes have the same opportunities as those who are not.

Funds raised by Tour de Cure and the American Diabetes Association go towards advocacy, research, and education efforts. Without the support of our donors, the Safe at School program would not be possible. You can get involved by participating in our local Tour de Cure, coming up on July 27th at AmberGlen Park in Hillsboro, OR. We welcome all walkers, riders, and cyclists to join us! Your support can make a difference not only in the lives of students living with diabetes, but all people impacted by diabetes.

Links:

 
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