Participants of the 2011 Cazenovia Lions Club Ride for Sight gather in front of GHD before setting off on the annual trek. This year’s ride will begin a 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, from the GHD parking lot.
Sam’s Club in Plattsburgh is asking area residents to pull on their riding boots and take a motorcycle ride in support of diabetes research.
The Ride to Stop Diabetes will begin in the parking lot behind Sam’s Club in Consumer Square on Aug. 25. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the ride begins at 8:45 a.m.
Participants will take a scenic 65-mile route beginning in Plattsburgh, going north toward Rouses Point and back down through Saranac, south of Plattsburgh, said Sam’s Club Manager Dan Toby.
“We wanted a route that showed a great portion of our region with mountain views, lake views and a chance to see a lot of the countryside,” Toby said.
All proceeds from the event will go to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
According to the ADA, diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin. There are three types of diabetes including Type 1, usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and previously known as juvenile diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. In Type 2 diabetes, the body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance or gestational diabetes in pregnant women.
The ADA fights against the consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes. The organization funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, deliver services to hundreds of communities and provides educational information about the disease.
“Corporate Sam’s Club has worked heavily with the ADA and when we looked in the Plattsburgh area we saw there was definitely a need to raise awareness for diabetes and support in our community,” Assistant Manager at Sam’s Club, Nicole Laurin said.
In addition to the motorcycle ride, volunteers will host a family fun event in the Sam’s Club parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon.
“We want to make sure no one feels left out, if you can’t ride you can come to the family fun day, we’re going to have face painting, food and games,” said Laurin.
Toby said there will also be a Sam’s Club pharmacist and trained diabetes educator on site who will be holding talks about nutrition and how to avoid getting diabetes through healthy lifestyle.
“We’re really striving to bring higher awareness about this disease in the community, promoting healthy lifestyles and teaching people how to avoid this disease,” Toby said.
Through the support of local businesses, Laurin said Sam’s Club will be able to contribute 100 percent of the money raised to the ADA thanks to sponsors such as Pepsi and Plattsburgh Distributing.
“This is our first real event, we have worked on it for months and our hope is that if we can make this a successful event we will continue to do something every year to raise support for diabetes,” Toby said.
In the future, Toby said they might organize a walk or bike ride event.
“There were a lot of walks planned for this time of year and talking it over with people a motorcycle ride seemed like the best choice for our first fundraiser,” Laurin said.
The ride is $10 and an additional $5 for passengers.
Toby said anyone who would like to pre-register for the ride can call Sam’s Club at 566-6957 and leave a message stating your intent to ride.