10145.2021938003.custom2017 marks nine (9) years of pledging to raise money for American Diabetes Association. And I chose to participate in Tour-de-Cure program of bicycling to raise money and awareness. I never ask anyone to sponsor me per mile I ride. It’s not about how far this monkey rides around Washington County. It’s about convincing you to open your wallets and feel as good as I do supporting the fight against diabetes.

But why? Simply because this disease is one of the most deadly, and insidious I’ve studied. It strikes adults and children. Every age, race and gender.

Why do I support this fight? The selfish answer is easy; I have type 2 diabetes. But that wasn’t enough to get me off my wallet. It did open my eyes. I’ve met children fighting juvenile onset or type 1 diabetes and the families who work so ferociously to protect them from death and blindness and other complications. I’ve met adults who have fought their entire life against this disease. Even when death seemed preferable to another day fighting. And someone I love, my wife, has type 2 diabetes. Not to lessen their value, but dozens of friends and hundreds of acquaintances fighting all forms of diabetes.

But death comes. I’ve lost aunts and uncles to the disease. I have an uncle who has lost both legs to diabetes complications.

We must continue to fight! For a cure! And for changes to improve the lives of individuals and families fighting diabetes.

So PLEASE donate now! Click on the image below jump to my personal donation page. It’s deductible! This is my only pleading this year. I know you’re tired of my begging. But I STILL NEED YOUR HELP.  I think you will feel good for helping.

I have an ambition that friends like you can help me accomplish.  I’m aiming to raise at least $1000 and become a “Champion to Stop Diabetes”. Champions are leaders in the quest to prevent and cure diabetes once and for all. I’m really passionate about the cause and that motivates me to be the best fundraiser I can be!

Whether you donate $25 or $250, know that your contribution will help the Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.

Thank you for taking time to read my story.

A red-rider working to help find a cure and improve the lives of people affected by diabetes.

William ‘Bill’ Haase