Cyclists gear up for ride of their lives

Now into her sixth year, Scott hopes to raise $8,000.

Scott, whose daughter was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, said she became involved with the tour through a friend who requested a donation to ride and suggested Scott join the tour.

When Scott asked her friend Jackie Hill, of Slingerlands, how she was going to ride without a bike, Hill told her to go out and get one.

Her first time out, Scott participated in the 50-mile course, having only ridden 18 miles on a bike before the tour.

In a diary she found of her daughter's a few months ago, Scott read how her daughter woke up one morning dehydrated and drank water from puddles. Luckily, her daughter, who was teaching wilderness skills in British Columbia at the time of her diagnosis, was able to get to a hospital before she went into a coma.

Scott said everyone is so interesting, and she enjoys talking to the other riders, although some find it difficult to bike and talk, Scott said it is essential.

"When you're on your bike for 50 miles, you get bored if you don't talk," Scott said.

She said she once found a side job for her husband while biking in the tour, and she has exchanged business cards with another rider.

Scott would like to find a cure for diabetes to help her daughter, who, she said, manages the condition well.

She said there needs to be increased educational initiatives about healthy eating though, because children should not be diagnosed with type two diabetes, which is generally found in adults and can be related to obesity.

People with type two diabetes, which is the most common form of the disease, do not produce enough insulin or the body ignores the insulin it is producing, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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