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Ride the Plattsburgh area for Diabetes

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.

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.

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