Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure Set To Raise Funds for Diabetes Research; Launch Event Scheduled for March 21

The American Diabetes Association, Maryland Area, will host a kick off event on March 21 for Tour De Cure, a bicycling event that will raise funds for diabetes research.

The kick-off event will be held at the Brasserie Brightwell in Easton, at 5-7 pm March 21, 2012.

Officials from the American Diabetes Association, as well as the 2012 youth ambassador Allison Holdgreve, will be in attendance. Allison is a 7-year-old who was diagnosed with Type1 diabetes last year. She will be participating in the bicycling event in May as well.

Media are invited to meet with Allison and discuss with her and her family how diabetes has impacted all of their lives.

WHAT: Launch event for Maryland Tour de Cure, a bicycling event across Maryland’s Eastern Shore to raise funds for diabetes research. More than 1,000 riders are expected to participate in the event in May.

WHEN: March 21, 2012 at 5-7 pm

WHERE: Brasserie Brightwell, Easton

WHY: Diabetes is an epidemic nationally and in Maryland, where the prevalence of diabetes exceeds the national average. 7.5 percent of white Marylanders and 12.4 percent of black Marylanders have diabetes. Diabetes is the second-costliest chronic disease in Maryland, costing more than $4 billion a year.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit