As the Capital District gears up for the 15th annual Tour de Cure, Spotlight Newspapers caught up with two riders and some of the area's top fundraisers, who took a break from training and soliciting donations to discuss the ride, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.
The Tour de Cure, is a nationwide bicycle ride organized to raise money for diabetes research. The 2008 Albany/Stillwater Tour de Cure begins at Stillwater Central Schools Saturday, June 8.
Riders will travel along the Hudson River, past the Saratoga Battlefields and back across the river to the finish line on the other side on a 10-, 50-, 62.5- or 100-mile course.
A day after her 13th birthday in September 2003, Kaileigh Moore received a surprise, but not the type of post-birthday surprise one might expect.
Moore, now 17 and a senior at Saratoga Springs High School, was diagnosed with type one diabetes.
I think it has made me stronger, Moore said in response to how diabetes has affected her life.
She said little things do not bother her as much as they do other people.
Type one diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, is typically diagnosed in children and young adults. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with type one diabetes do not produce insulin.
Moore admits that a lot of work goes into maintaining her blood glucose level, especially during track practice, but she does not let anything keep her down.
She said that while the other runners have to make sure their shoes are tied, she has to ensure the stability of her blood glucose level.
"On the bright side, I'm the only one who gets to eat Skittles at practice," Moore said with a little laugh.
Moore became involved in the tour through 21-year-old Casey Card, who also has diabetes. After finding out about Moore's diagnosis, Card encouraged her to ride in the Tour de Cure.