Why I Ride: Payton’s Tour de Cure Story

Payton in his Team Jersey with his 2011 Finishers Medal

Payton Kilbourn is a 6 year-old who will be riding in his fourth Tour de Cure this June. He completed the first Diabetes ride at the age of three, riding on his trusty training-wheeled bike that he dubbed his “red rocket” . The name was chosen for a number of reasons including its color, speed, and the connection Payton had with the riders with diabetes who wear that color.

Payton recruited his parents to ride with him in that first ride when he discovered that both of his grandpa’s have diabetes. He was absolutely crushed by this news and he wanted to do whatever he could to “fix diabetes”. He understands heredity and is also concerned that he might have to deal with this disease at some point in his life. With that in mind it is his goal to STOP diabetes right now. The first year he rode, he with his parents, made up the Team Red Rocket. On the way to the ride it was raining and he was asked if he still wanted to ride in the rain. He paused for a moment considering the rain outside, then stated with very serious expression on his face that people with diabetes couldn’t wake up on a rainy day and decide they didn’t want to have diabetes today because it was rainy… he said he would ride in any weather!

Each year he raises more money and increases his goals. This year he would like to be one of the top fundraisers, and keeps mentioning getting a jersey with gold dots on it (the champion Jersey). In his efforts to raise this money he contributes money out of his weekly allowance, helps with bake sales, contributes his toys for a yard sale, and writes personal letters asking for contributions from his friends and relatives.

Payton in his 2011 Tour de Cure Jersey

Just recently he had the opportunity to learn about insulin pumps and has now declared that he would like to grow up to be a scientist so he can invent things like that to stop diabetes. Payton is dedicated to making a difference and has made the Tour de Cure part of his yearly routine giving, he certainly hopes you will make it part of yours as well.





Are you participating in this year’s Twin Cities Tour de Cure? If not, join us and Payton on Saturday, June 2.

Register today by visiting: www.diabetes.org/twincitiestourdecure

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