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Tour de Cure On Track to Raise a Million Dollars

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Rochester: Tour de Cure On Track to Raise a Million Dollars
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It's labeled a ride, not a race, a ride where the finish line is to combat diabetes by raising money for research.

"We are hoping that without the funds that are raised we can find a cure down the road so that someday this insulin pump that I have with me all the time, I don't have to wear," said Todd Krist, during the Tour’s opening ceremony.

Todd and his husband Dan Krist are loyal to this cause, because diabetes impacts their family.

"He has a pump on he has to wear all the time except for when he goes in the water and he has a line that goes into his skin, he has to change that every 3 or 4 days,” said Krist.

"We just try to eat as healthy as possible, exercise and try to stay fit that definitely helps."

The couple is of the hundreds of cyclists who participated in this year'sTour de Cure that started at Monroe Community College.

Dennis Johnson has done it for three years. He was diagnosed with diabetes eight years ago.

"I just have to watch my diet and exercise," said Johnson.

That's part of the reason why he is here, the other part is the awareness the ride brings.

"Our mission is to find a cure and also to improve the lives by all people affected by diabetes," said Travis Heider, Tour de Cure’s Executive Director.

According to the American Diabetes Association's Executive Director, diabetes has been called the epidemic of the 21st century.

"I really truly believe that diabetes is such a huge problem in our community, after all 1 out of 3 children will develop some type of diabetes in their lifetime right now," said Kathleen Padlick, Rochester General Hospital‘s Ride Captain.

This year's Tour de Cure is on track to raise a million dollars to fund diabetes research in Western New York. It is among only four other tours in the country to reach that goal, a goal that will hopefully reduce those statistics.

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