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American Diabetes Association to hold March 3rd Kick-Off Party for Saratoga Tour

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The American Diabetes Association (ADA) will hold a kick off celebration and dinner for the 2014 Saratoga Tour de Cure — the Capital Region’s premier cycling event dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes — on Monday, March 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Ave., Scotia.

The event will feature guest speaker and diabetes advocate Patty Palladino, whose efforts on behalf of her diabetic son have resulted in the implementation of a diabetes training program for teachers at his school (http://bit.ly/19lJ6hB). She’s also a proponent for the School Diabetes Care Bill (Bill A4987-2013; http://bit.ly/1dYdl4c) and she and her son have met with legislators to support its journey through the New York State Assembly. Advocates hope it will move out of committee by spring.

Register by contacting Justine Carroll at (518) 218-1755 x3632 or jucarroll@diabetes.org. The event is free for riders who have signed up for the Tour and $25 for guests; registration closes on February 27.

“Our kick off party marks the official start of Tour season and provides an excellent opportunity forparticipants to meet each other and sponsors to show their support, particularly for Red Riders who live with the disease,” said ADA Associate Director of Albany Denise Nicastro, noting that the Saratoga Tour de Cure is ranked first in the state and second out of 90 tours nationwide. “We are hoping to generate excitement about our ambitious goal of surpassing last year’s record of $1.25 million raised and reaching $1.5 million this year.”

The annual ride — which takes place on Sunday, June 1 — is part of a nationwide movement to Stop Diabetes® and change the future of the nearly 26 million Americans living with the disease. Designed for everyone from the novice biker to the experienced cyclist, the Tour de Cure includes 10-, 25-, 50-, 62.5-, and 100-mile routes. Register by visiting diabetes.org/saratoga. The early bird registration fee is $15 and there is a $200 fundraising minimum for all riders.

“Individuals who register early raise significantly more money for this tremendous cause because theybecome tied to the mission and have a better chance of activating their fundraising network,” said ADA Director of Albany and Central New York Amy Young, explaining that the event will include food, prizes and information about building a team, training and online fundraising. “We are hoping to recruit even more family and corporate teams this year to fulfill our goal and advance the mission of the organization.”

For more information, visit diabetes.org/saratoga. From the home page, you can also link to the event's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Community pages.

Event sponsors include: Northeastern Fine Jewelry, Novo Nordisk, WRGB-TV, Robert Marini Builders, Hodorowski Homes, Topical BioMedics, Mazzone Hospitality, Lia Auto Group, VENT Fitness, CDPHP, M+W Group, E A Barvoets Fund, M&T Bank, Northwestern Mutual, H L Gage Sales Inc., nfrastructure, First Niagara, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, Equinox Companies/BBL Hospitality, Cohoes Savings Bank, Berkshire Bank, L.L. Bean and KeyBank. Media partners are: CBS6 and Fly 92.3

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