Camp Sioux: North Dakota Diabetes Camp

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Hello everyone! Lauren Evans here, from the YPLC Marketing Committee. I have just returned from my fourth summer working at the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sioux in Park River, North Dakota. I’m here to share with you a small glimpse into life at Camp Sioux.

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As you look around at Camp Sioux, you may see anything from campers singing the Boogaloo and eating smunchies for evening snack, to intense games of Gaga and cabin groups having cat parties. Camp Sioux is an amazing second home for children living with diabetes to create lifelong bonds, try new things, and most importantly, have fun in a safe environment with others dealing with similar challenges! Camp Sioux, with the support of the Grand Forks Kiwanis Club, was founded in 1952 by E.A. Haunz, M.D. This summer camp is for children ages 8 to 14 living with diabetes. Two one-week sessions are held at Park River Bible Camp in Park River, ND. Campers have the opportunity to participate in activities such as the climbing tower, canoeing, swimming, high ropes course, archery, arts and crafts, sports, evening campfires and much more. In addition to the typical camp activities, campers also participate in “Diabetes Ed” (learning the ins and outs of this disease) and they have a “Date with the Dietitian” (carb counting, cooking healthy meals, etc.).

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Round the clock medical supervision is provided by physicians, nurses, and other health care providers. Registered dietitians plan balanced meals and snacks and manage all special dietary needs. Parents know their kids are in good hands while gaining confidence, discovering new skills in their diabetes management, and having a great time!

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This summer, Camp Sioux changed the lives of more than 150 children living with diabetes. They didn’t feel alone with their disease. These kids made lifelong friends. They tried new things, whether it was related to diabetes or not. These children looked up to their counselors as role models. They gained independence and learned new things. All thanks to diabetes camp!

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On average, the cost per camper is now nearly $1,300; however, families pay under $200 per camper and there is also an opportunity for financial assistance. No camper is turned away due to the inability to pay. You can help support the American Diabetes Association’s Camp program by donating to the Association or participating in one of the local fundraising events. Visit www.diabetes.org to learn more or call 888-DIABETES to get involved locally.

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Twin Cities Tour de Cure 2015 Recap

On behalf of the Young Professional Leadership Council, we would like to thank those who rode and volunteered at this year’s Twin Cities Tour de Cure. Together, 1,800 plus riders and volunteers raised over $970,000 in donations to the American Diabetes Association! We hope to see you all out there again next year!

Tour de Cure: A View From the Inside Out

I should go on the record to begin with by stating that I do not have diabetes. I don’t live with the struggle of consistently checking my blood, watching what and even when I eat, nor do I live with the constant threat that one day diabetes may throw a serious life altering curveball at me. Therefore I found myself just a few days before my first Tour de Cure struggling to grasp onto the concept of volunteering for something that doesn’t directly affect my own lifestyle. Maybe it was because I’ve never really volunteered myself up for something as big as Tour de Cure, and I walked into the event with the mindset of just playing it by ear, focusing on my surroundings, and the goal of trying to essentially figure out the pieces of a puzzle.

Team YPLCI had volunteered myself up for whatever I could help out with, and to that I was offered the opportunity to serve lunch. You may have read my prior article on the history of the Tour de Cure, and the growth of the event over the past decade, so that research sort of gave me a ballpark number to go by. My first glimpse of the Tour de Cure was just the sheer size and magnitude of the event in person, and that came literally in the form of barbecue pulled pork, massive amounts of it. And it wasn’t just one food tent; it was across three separate tents with the task of serving thousands of people. Many people judge size by ticket counters and parked cars, and I judge size by how much food is brought to the table. People need to eat, it’s a known fact, and when you come with three full vans worth of food and the thought that it will all be eaten by the end of lunch, you know you’re in for a show.

The atmosphere at an event like Tour is actually quite relaxing, giving me the vibe that it’s almost like a giant family reunion. As I walked around on a wonderful Saturday afternoon, I could see others reminiscing about past memories, recent happenings, and a common connection. And then it occurred to me that in some ways it truly has all of the basic principles of a family gathering, a thorough mix of all ages getting together for a good cause, enjoying the nice early summer weather and cycling through miles of plush green scenery and most of all, just having a good time. There seems to be a common misconception that events of this kind are supposed to come with a slightly somber attitude or even an certain amount of angst and frustration, but I couldn’t see it even if I tried my hardest, everyone is just happy to be there, either to participate or just to lend a helping hand.

By the end of the afternoon it had finally clicked in my mind on what Tour was all about, and I know this because I wasn’t second guessing my own reactions or emotions or saying in my mind “well I think I know.” I was genuinely happy to be there, to be a part of something bigger than myself, to look forward to next year’s event and riding this time around, and most of all, to have a great time.

I also want to thank all of those that came out this past Saturday to Minnehaha Falls to participate and volunteer, because without you, this event would not be possible! On behalf of the YPLC, thank you!

- Brad Masson

Why Do You Ride: Lauren Carlson

Lauren Carlson, the Strategic Development Chair of the YPLC, shares why she is riding this year in the Twin Cities Tour de Cure. See you this Saturday, May 30th for Tour! Why are you riding?

Why I Ride: Sean Finn, YPLC Chair

This week’s video highlights why Sean Finn, the Chair of the YPLC, is riding the Twin Cities Tour de Cure for the first time this year! The YPLC is looking forward to Tour. Only 11 days away!

ARKRAY Discusses Diabetes Care on: The Corporate Review with Donald Trump Jr.

ARKRAY’s president, Jonathan Chapman, discusses diabetes care, prevalence and how ARKRAY can partner with customers to help people manage their diabetes on: The Corporate Review with Donald Trump Jr.

This video can originally be found at http://arkrayusa.com/diabetes-management/about/community.

I Ride Because…

Hi again from the Young Professional Leadership Council (YPLC)! Over the next few weeks until the Twin Cities Tour de Cure, check out individual’s stories about why they choose to put so much time and effort to ride in Tour.

This week’s video is from yours truly, Lauren Evans. This will be my first year riding in Tour and I am so excited! Check the video out for all the reasons I am choosing to ride.

– Lauren Evans
YPLC Marketting Committee

Eat Wings. Raise Funds. It Pays

Hey Everyone! It’s the YPLC here today. We wanted to share some exciting news we have… We’ve teamed up with the Eagan Buffalo Wild Wings to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association! On May 13th, 2015 starting at 11:00am let your server know you’re here for the ADA fundraiser and 10% of all pre-taxed sales will be donated to the ADA.

Enjoy delicious food while supporting an awesome cause!

*Must be at the Eagan location:
1280 Promenade Place
Eagan, MN 55121Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser

The History of the Twin Cities Tour de Cure

Hey all! My name is Brad Masson and I’m a member of the marketing committee for the YPLC. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be promoting a series of posts highlighting the Tour de Cure, the spirit and cause of the ride itself, and the amazing individuals who make the Tour what it is. I’m honored to be writing about a great cause, and as such I hope you enjoy reading this and what’s further to come!

10474891_600567413375240_3341306739644391807_nThe Tour de Cure is a staple of the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to promote awareness of diabetes. Being relatively new to the YPLC and ADA as well as being close to our own Tour de Cure date, I set out on a task to find and research the Tour de Cure, its origins and its impact on our community.

The first Tour de Cure was held in the Napa Valley area of California in 1991, and soon thereafter Tours began to sprout up all across the nation. The Tour de Cure was first introduced to Minnesota in Rochester, and in 1993 the Twin Cities area started their own Tour de Cure which along with Rochester’s continues to this day. The first Twin Cities Tour was planned by just 10 members and saw 280 riders and 150 volunteers show up to the Lake Phalen area to brave dismal rainy conditions. Over the years, the Twin Cities Tour has continued to grow, moving from Lake Phalen to Minnehaha Falls and introducing new routes to ride along the way. This year we expect to see 2000 riders and 500 volunteers participate. With the increase in size comes an increase in donations. In 2010, $330 thousand dollars was raised to contribute to help find a cure, and in 2014, that amount had been raised to $910 thousand dollars. This year, we are on track to cross $1 million in total donations!

One of the highlights of the Tour de Cure is that of the Red Riders. The origins of the Red Riders can be traced to Denver, Colorado from a single question. Attending and riding in her local Tour de Cure, Mari Ruddy simply asked how can one tell which riders have diabetes? In 2007, Ruddy along with friends Sandria Barrett and Marcey Robinson founded and introduced the Red Riders for the Denver Tour de Cure, and the idea spread outwards to other Tours as well. Wearing their signature red jerseys, they can be found throughout every Tour’s course and help to signify one’s courage to control and overcome diabetes.

As we approach May 30th, I’m looking forward to being a part of something much bigger than myself. I give my best regards to the riders and their training, and I hope to see you all out there, whether it’s riding or volunteering, and may we continue to grow on this history for years to come.

You can visit the YPLC’s Tour page here as well as the Twin Cities Tour de Cure page here

Brad Masson, YPLC Marketing Committee

Twin Cities Tour 100 Mile Rider: Meet Tim Rued!

Hello! My name is Lauren Evans and I am a part of the Marketing Committee for the YPLC. The Tour de Cure is less than 40 days away! Whether you are preparing to ride or cheer from the sides, the excitement is building! Today I bring you a special conversation between myself and Tim Rued, who is living with Type 1 diabetes, soon-to-be third year veteran of the Tour de Cure. Not only that, but he rides the 100 miles during the Tour!

TimLauren: Hi Tim. Thank you so much for joining me today! Can you share a little bit about your connection to diabetes and the American Diabetes Association?

Tim: My connection to the Tour de Cure occurred out of curiosity. I attended an organized Spin Class event at Lifetime Fitness and there was a booth with people signing up. I took a flyer and thought about it and then decided to get involved.

Lauren: How many Tours have you ridden in?

Tim: The 2015 Tour will be my third year of riding.

Lauren: How do you prepare, both physically and mentally, for riding such a long distance?

Tim: I prepare physically by attending spin classes on a regular basis throughout the winter so I am prepared to ride outdoors in early spring. One of the challenges with riding 100 miles so early in the season is getting enough mileage in on the bike outdoors due to the unpredictable and cool spring weather. I push it pretty hard early in the spring and begin riding out doors as soon as there is no longer ice on the roads. I ride in temps down into the high 30’s but draw the line. If it is raining (or snowing) I move indoors to spin class. I progressively work my way up to riding 200 – 250 miles a week, two weeks prior to the event, then I taper off by about 25% on mileage the last week before the ride.
In terms of the mental preparation, for me it is a matter of focusing on all of the positives about the ride. I divert my attention to the outdoor surroundings, fellowship with my riding partners and teammates, enjoying the rest stops. I try my best to take my mind off any negatives like pain because there will be some of that to endure. I have done some pretty extreme events in the past including a half-iron man triathlon and many road running races up to marathon distance so have developed some mental toughness and a fairly high pain tolerance over the years.

Lauren: What is a challenge of bike riding 100 miles with Type 1 Diabetes?

Tim: The biggest challenge is preventing my blood sugar from dropping too low. The most important thing I have found that works for me is to take only my basal insulin and no regular insulin the day of the ride. Another thing that helps a lot is to practice eating and drinking consistently on long training rides; using the same drinks, energy bars, gels, food and supplements, as I will during the event. For the event, I bring my own food and bypass most of what is at the rest stops to avoid stomach problems. It is also crucial to drink lots of fluids during the ride. I generally consume eight to ten 24-ounce bottles of water and Gatorade over the 7 hours. An important rule to follow is to drink before you get thirsty and at before you get hungry.

Lauren: Why do you ride?

Tim: The question for me is why wouldn’t I ride! I am totally invested in this event and fundraising because selfishly enough I want to be cured, I want to see my diabetic family and friends be cured, and I want to live in a world where diabetes is a thing of the past!

A huge thank you to Tim for taking the time to answer these questions. Good luck to him and all the other riders at the Tour de Cure this year!

You can find Tim’s Tour de Cure page here.
Check out the Young Professional Leadership Council’s page here.

Lauren Evans, YPLC Marketing Committee