Please Welcome Pamela Kendzierski!

The North Texas office is pleased to announce that Pamela Kendzierski has joined the American Diabetes Staff as an Associate Manager on the Development team.  Pam brings a lot of talent, enthusiasm and passion to our office and we are excited to have her on board.  Pam and her family have been involved with the American Diabetes Association for several years as volunteers and as participants and fundraisers for the Tour de Cure.  Her daughter Grace,  eight years old, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 16 months and is one of our Youth Ambassadors, and the namesake of their Tour de Cure team: Amazing Grace.  Pam’s primary responsibilities will be with the School Walk for Diabetes Program and assisting with our Step Out walk and Tour de Cure events.

 

Welcome aboard Pam!

Fight Back: A Father’s Story through Diagnosis and Recovery

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“Fight back—don’t give up. Don’t accept your fate.” These are the words of my father, Robert Frazier, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2004. Since his initial diagnosis, he has become a healthier and happier father, brother, and husband, but his journey wasn’t without strife.

I began with interviewing my father to better understand his experiences and condition, but the more I listened, the more aware I became. My father’s story, though his own, was just like that of so many people living with diabetes—it is an aggressive disease that snuck up on an otherwise healthy person. Nobody ever thinks it could happen to them, until it does, and they’re left with the realization they’re mortal.

“I was terrified. I’d seen first-hand what diabetes could do. I had a girlfriend in college whose mother slowly lost pieces of herself due to the disease. First a foot, then a leg. Then another leg and finally her life.”

At the time I was too young to see the terror that had been struck in the heart of my father. Diabetes didn’t seem to be that big of a problem—after all, it seemed like a perfectly manageable disease. Yet here my father was, about to undertake the fight for his life. Now that I’m an adult, I too, have seen first hand what the disease can do; which is why the older I get, the more pride I have for my father and his courage. So few of us can admit we’re afraid, much less in the face of our own mortality, but even fewer of us face that fear head on—and fight it.

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The first months of his journey were fraught with frustration and adjustment. There was a new focus on medication, diet and exercise in order to manage the diagnosis my father humorously called “his second job”. First there were medications to help manage his blood sugar, then what would become his best friend and worst enemy: the glucose meter.

“I was terrified of the lancet of the glucometer. I thought it would be like getting a shot in my finger. I had your mother take my hand to stick my finger with the lancet device. It didn’t hurt that badly at all, and I thought I was being too wimpy. It was no time before I could manage for myself.”

Yet results started to occur—my mother commented how his mood had improved, and how he seemed less tired. He was starting to feel better, to feel a little like his old self, but new and improved. The more improvement there was, the more time he was able to put between glucose readings. It’s during this leg of the journey my father rediscovered a passion once lost: cycling.

Cycling had been a passion for my father when he was a young man in the army. As I interviewed him he waxed on nostalgically about how much he enjoyed it, but that over the years he just didn’t have time for it anymore. Funny that an aggressive disease rekindled that passion with the single thought that, “If I can’t beat diabetes, I’ll out run it.”

Through cycling he was able to find others like him—people trying to live healthier lives, and raise money and awareness for diabetes research. The first race he attended was in 2012, called the Mesquite Rotary Bike Ride, and later that same year, the Tour de Cure. I remember being a young twenty something on break from college, and watching my father huff and puff over the finish line. His entire family was there, cheering him on, egging him to lap his diagnosis on that track, again and again.

Since his first ride, he’s gone on to participate in six cycling events a year across the country for both his health and to raise awareness. It’s been twelve years since my father was sat down and told he had an aggressive disease, and twelve years of championing over it.

The initial fear my father had has been replaced by hope. In his lifetime alone, diabetes has become a disease that can be fought, managed, and even lived with—perhaps even cured one day. We never know what the future will hold, and the progress that’s been made in my father’s life time alone is reason for hope. It’s for that reason alone that my father advocates fighting back and advises to hold on—life isn’t over until we say it’s over.

by: Astrid Frazier, ADA North Texas Intern

 

2016 DFW Tour de Cure – Success Stats

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The 2016 DFW Tour de Cure held on June 25th at Texas Motor Speedway was a great success. Our 1,176 riders have so far raised over $645,000 to fund diabetes research, education and advocacy. Additionally, over 200 volunteers devoted their day to ensuring a safe and fun day for the participants. Thank you to our title sponsor, Trinity Industries, Inc., and our presenting sponsor Lockheed Martin for their continued support of the fight against diabetes in North Texas. Learn more and donate at diabetes.org/dfwtourdecure

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Tour de Cure Success!

Nearly 1200 cyclists heated up the Texas Motor Speedway this Saturday in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure DFW. Cyclist head out with a lap around the track and The Texas heat wasn’t enough to stifle the 2,000 strong attendees, including over 200 volunteers. To date, Tour raised nearly $615,000, but still falls short of its $1 million goal. We need your help! We are still collecting donations and money through the end of the year! Visit www.diabetes.org/dfwtourdecure for more information.

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Don’t Miss Out on Tour de Cure

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Tour de Cure is June 25th at the Texas Motor Speedway! Adults and youth, individuals and teams, women and men, carbon fiber and cruisers … the DFW Tour de Cure is a ride for everyone!
We have routes for the occasional rider and the experienced cyclist. From 1.5 to 100 miles. All rides begin with a 1.5 lap of the NASCAR track at the Texas Motor Speedway. After the ride, help us celebrate the mission to Stop Diabetes® with a fantastic finish line festival including lunch, cold drinks, live music a kids zone and more!
Get registered today…

DFW Tour de Cure

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Are you ready to take the Ride of Your Life?  Over 900 riders have signed up for the DFW Tour de Cure on June 25th at the Texas Motor Speedway.  Joining in this year’s ride is 13 year old Red Rider Ethan who has been navigating life with type 1 diabetes for nine years.  Ethan has been a camper at Camp Aurora for several years and this year will be a Jr. Counselor in Training, helping to guide other youth who have diabetes.

The DFW Tour de Cure is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone: occasional riders, families and experienced cyclists. Route distances range from 1.5, 5, 17, 32, 62 and 100 mile options.  All routes being with a 1.5 mile lap of the NASCAR track at the Texas Motor Speedway!  Please join us on June 25th as we join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association.   www.diabetes.org/dfwtourdecure

Volunteers needed for the 2016 DFW Tour de Cure!

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On Saturday, June 25th, cyclists from all over North Texas and beyond will gather at Texas Motor Speedway to participate in the 2016 DFW Tour de Cure! Our goal this year is to raise $750,000 to support diabetes research, education and advocacy. To make this event the best it can be, we will need a couple hundred energetic and caring people to help us out. We can’t do it without you!

There’s a wide variety of jobs; on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. To get more information and claim your spot, please click the link below to sign up today.

PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY!

As a token of our thanks, we’ll provide you with:

  • A 2016 commemorative Tour de Cure volunteer t-shirt!
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day!
  • An invitation to stay with us and enjoy as much of the day as you would like!
  • The satisfaction that comes from volunteering & being of service to our riders and the fight to STOP diabetes!

If you have any questions, please contact Mindy, our 2016 DFW Tour de Cure DOE Volunteer Chair, at dfwtourdecure@gmail.com.