RIDING TO STOP DIABETES 2017
On Sunday, June 4, the rain held off long enough for seven Team Swagelok riders to cross the finish line in the Tour de Cure to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Team Swagelok sent its riders out on two of five routes, all of which started and finished inside the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park. 10-mile riders included Christine Delarm, John Holmes, Jason Kuemmel, Syler Kuemmel, and Brian Williams. 30-mile riders included Brian Delarm and Art Radomski. Art received three t-shirts that day, one for participation, one for raising more than $500, and one for raising more than $1,000 – he’s a Champion to Stop Diabetes.
John Holmes, Co-Captain, reflected on the meaning behind the Tour de Cure: “My father was recently diagnosed with diabetes and this ride was an opportunity to help raise awareness as well as fund research to cure it. The event is a great way to get together with colleagues, enjoy biking, and support a great cause.”
In 2016, the Tour de Cure Saratoga was the fifth largest in the country and the number one fundraiser in the Capital Region, according to Laura Greenaway, Development Director for Tour de Cure Saratoga. This year, around 1,100 riders comprised 116 teams and raised almost $700,000; with donations still flowing in. Greenaway and her team hope to keep the number one spot in the Capital Region for this year as well. This is the third year in a row that Swagelok Albany | Connecticut | Vermont | Westchester has sponsored Tour.
“I chose to ride in the Tour de Cure for a few reasons,” said Christine Delarm, Customer Service Supervisor. “My husband has been riding for the past 6 years and my mother is currently living with diabetes; my grandmother was diagnosed as well. It is a great ride and helps build awareness around the cause. Since Team Swagelok was formed, it was something fun to do with the company for a great cause. I look forward to participating in future rides with Team Swagelok.”
Tour de Cure is a family-friendly event – many riders pulled a cart with their children inside or rode a tandem bike with their son or daughter behind them. One boy rode with training wheels on his bicycle.
Syler Kuemmel, son of Jason Kuemmel, Warehouse Supervisor, is one of the many children who gladly participated in this year’s Tour. “It felt really great to ride in the Tour de Cure,” Syler said. “I proved to my dad that I could ride 10 miles for a good cause. I hope I can ride again in the Tour de Cure next year. Thank you, Team Swagelok!”
Jason added to his son’s enthusiasm by sharing: “This year was special to me because I got to ride with my 10-year-old son, Syler. It was a great lesson that shows what great things can be accomplished when the community comes together to support each other.” He went on to explain further why he continues to participate in the Tour de Cure: “I ride because I have friends and family that have diabetes; I ride to help find a cure. I think it is awesome that our company contributes to the cause and I want to support and be a part of the team.”
For information on next year’s Tour, please contact Nicole DeCelle, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.