I don’t often put out fundraising pleas to this blog, but this is a cause worthy of all the attention I can muster. As fellow Oklahomans, you know all to well the severe impact that diabetes is having on our community. As of 2010, more than 10% of the Oklahoma population had been diagnosed with some form of diabetes, far greater than the national average. That doesn’t even begin to count the large numbers people who have the disease but remain undiagnosed. Diabetes is, without a doubt, one of the largest health problems affecting our state.
Therefore, I, along with many other riders, will be participating in this year’s Tour de Cure in Mustang. This group ride raises critical funds for the American Diabetes Association. I will be participating in the 62 mile ride and while that distance is enough to greatly impress my non-cyclist friends, I know my cycling friends are a tougher crowd. So this year, I am throwing in my first self-contained bicycle tour in many, many years along with my participation in this year’s Oklahoma Freewheel as mileage in support of this cause (here is a rough map). This along with a training ride I am leading and the Tour de Cure ride will work out to more than 800 miles in three weeks in the name of stopping this disease.
If you can participate, please consider signing up here. However, if you can’t, any donations to the cause would be so greatly appreciated. You can donate to my ride here: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/NathanLorenz
Thanks so much for your support!