St. Vincent’s One Nineteen spin team prepares for Tour de Cure 2012

The St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Team completes the 2011 Tour de Cure to raise money for diabetes research. Photo courtesy of St. Vincent’s One Nineteen.

Donna Sibley’s brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 13. The diagnosis would inspire Sibley to become a dietitian and later to captain a team  for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen, where she works as a wellness dietician.

Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 40 states nationwide to benefit diabetes research, education and advocacy in local communities.  The Tour is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist. Participants register and recruit co-workers, friends and family members to ride and raise money.

As team captain, Sibley focuses on recruiting new cyclists to join the team, as well as leading the team to reach fundraising goals. The St. Vincent’s One Nineteen spin team goal is to raise $2,500, and they are well on their way with $725 already raised.

“Diabetes is a manageable disease, and I am passionate about educating and improving quality of life for those suffering from the disease.  The Tour gives us an opportunity to do that,” Sibley said.

Everyone can join the movement to stop diabetes and support the riders of the St. Vincent’s team as they pedal toward a cure.  The team is recruiting members and others to support them.

Sibley completed the 25K route in the 2011 Tour de Cure as part of the One Nineteen team and organized the family ride. She is coordinating the spin ride for the Tour de Cure on Saturday, May 12 at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen located on Highway 119 just off Highway 280 near Greystone.

“This spin ride allows those who may not own a bike an opportunity to participate in the Tour de Cure by cycling on a stationary bike,” Sibley said.

Spin bikes are provided on-site at the St. Vincent’s One Nineteen facility. Interested participants can register and reserve their spin bikes online at diabetes.org/touralabama.

The goal of the Alabama Tour de Cure is to raise $150,500 for the American Diabetes Association. The event will also serve as a platform to raise awareness of diabetes and honor those living with the disease, said Annah Grace Morgan, event manager.

“Diabetes is growing at an alarming rate as Alabama is ranked as the state with the highest incidence of diabetes,” Morgan said. “But everyone can join the movement and make a difference in the lives of those battling this disease on a daily basis.”

Funds raised by this event go directly to the American Diabetes Association as a method to enhance advocacy, education and research efforts, as well as support the approximately 470,000 people in Alabama living with diabetes.

Those interested in cycling in the Tour de Cure can still sign up and start fundraising, as registration is available through the day of the event.  For more information on the Alabama Tour de Cure or the St. Vincent’s One Nineteen team, please visit diabetes.org/touralabama.

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