Sunday, February 15, 2015

American Diabetes Association to host kick off event for 2015 Tour de Cure


ALBANY, NY (Feb. 13, 2015) — The American Diabetes Association (ADA) will hold a kick off celebration and dinner for the 2015 Saratoga Tour de Cure, presented by Empire BlueCross, on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Ave., Scotia.

The event, which offers prospective participants an opportunity to learn about the Tour de Cure — the Capital Region’s premier cycling event dedicated to preventing and finding a cure for diabetes — will feature a presentation by Jim Steele, a Red Rider who will speak about the highs and lows of living with Type 1 diabetes and coping with his daughter’s recent diabetes diagnosis. Steele, who is host of the Jim Steele Show on TV-16 (Channel Albany), will participate in his third Tour de Cure on a team called “Sweet Broadcasters.”

“The evening will also give those new to the event an opportunity to meet fellow riders, learn about building a team and training, while celebrating the 75th anniversary of the American Diabetes Association,” said ADA Associate Director Denise Nicastro.  “We will also have interactive stations and information about online fundraising, team captain leadership,bike maintenance with bike shop representatives and Red Riders, as well as door prizes featuring vintage tour gear.”

RSVP by contacting Justine Carroll at (518) 218-1755 x 3632 or The event is free for riders who have signed up for the Tour and $25 for guests. Registration for the kickoff closes on Feb. 20.

The annual ride — which takes place on Sunday, June 7 — is part of a nationwide movement to Stop Diabetes® and change the future of the nearly 30 million Americans living with the disease. Designed for everyone from the novice biker to the experienced cyclist, the Tour de Cure includes 10-, 28-, 50-, 62.5- and 100-mile routes. The 2014 Saratoga Tour de Cure raised $1,307,100, making it the second highest performing Tour in the nation behind Napa Valley ($1,406,878).  All proceeds raised support the association’s mission — to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

“Individuals who register early are able to raise more money for this tremendous cause because they become tied to the mission and have a better chance of activating their fundraising network,” added ADA Director of Albany and Central New York Amy Young. “We are hoping to recruit even more family and corporate teams this year to fulfill our goal and advance the mission of the organization.”

For more information and to register for the Tour de Cure, visit The early bird registration fee is $15 and there is a $200 fundraising minimum for all riders. From the home page, you can also link to the event's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Community pages.

Event sponsors include: Empire BlueCross (Presenting), Mazzone Hospitality, Saratoga Water, Swagelok, Hodorowski Homes, Abele Builders, CDPHP, M + W Group, Geico Albany, Cohoes Savings Foundation, New York Legal Publishing Corp., Wells Fargo, Marini Home Builders, Vent Fitness, Lia Auto Group, M & T Bank, H.L. Gage Sales, Golub Foundation, L.L. Bean, Lawn Dawg, Key Bank, SaxBST, Vincy’s Printing, Berkshire Bank, O’Connell & Aronowitz, and Novo Nordisk. Media partners are: CBS-6 and Fly 92.3.


Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by the disease. The association serves the community by funding research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, providing credible information about thedisease, giving voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes, anddelivering services to people with diabetes, their families and health careprofessionals. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit

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