What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. That is the rule right? Well it didn’t work out for me that way.
It was last summer at the AADE convention that I attended when I decided to do something so out of the box for me that I almost regret going. Almost.
Hanging out with my brother Scott and the crew from Diabetes Care Club, who graciously invited me to attend, made for a good time. One day Scott and I were walking around the exhibit hall when we ran into Mari Ruddy.
“George, you have to meet Mari,” Scott says in a way that you can tell he really means it.
Mari instantly talked to me like we were old friends (I love that about the OC) and told me about the ADA Tour de Cure Red Rider program and why she founded it.
This moment probably only lasted a few minutes but it ended with both Mari and I tearing up and saying goodbye with a hug.
It was awesome.
That moment I decided that I was going to sign up for the Tour de Cure. So I did.
And now I have to do it.
Am I scared? YES!
Am I worried? YES!
Do I think I can do it? YES!
Because I know that all of you guys will be behind me. I am not doing this ride for anyone but myself. To prove to myself that I can do things I never thought possible.
Now, I signed up for the 32 mile ride which to some may seem like not a big deal but to those of you who just thought, “whoa 32 miles!” you get what I am feeling. I have NEVER done ANYTHING like this before. But I am excited. Scared and excited.
I bought this sweet bike that I have been riding to get ready for the Tour. My son and two of my very best friends are going to be riding with me as Team Ninjabetic.
So know the uncomfortable part.
If it is at all possible that you could donate even the smallest amount to my ride I would GREATLY appreciate it.
I set an ambitious goal but I figure the goal to ride is a big deal so I should also decide on a dollar amount that matches it.
Last time I did a fundraiser it was folded into a big party, a giant rocking team, and a weekend I will never ever forget.
This time it’s about me proving to myself that I am not a fat, pathetic loser. This time it’s about finding the ability and courage to do something I never ever saw myself doing.
I know I can do this and with your support I bet next year I can even double my distance.