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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.

— In addition to the motorcycle ride, volunteers will host a family fun event in the Sam’s Club parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon.

“We want to make sure no one feels left out, if you can’t ride you can come to the family fun day, we’re going to have face painting, food and games,” said Laurin.

Toby said there will also be a Sam’s Club pharmacist and trained diabetes educator on site who will be holding talks about nutrition and how to avoid getting diabetes through healthy lifestyle.

“We’re really striving to bring higher awareness about this disease in the community, promoting healthy lifestyles and teaching people how to avoid this disease,” Toby said.

Through the support of local businesses, Laurin said Sam’s Club will be able to contribute 100 percent of the money raised to the ADA thanks to sponsors such as Pepsi and Plattsburgh Distributing.

“This is our first real event, we have worked on it for months and our hope is that if we can make this a successful event we will continue to do something every year to raise support for diabetes,” Toby said.

In the future, Toby said they might organize a walk or bike ride event.

“There were a lot of walks planned for this time of year and talking it over with people a motorcycle ride seemed like the best choice for our first fundraiser,” Laurin said.

The ride is $10 and an additional $5 for passengers.

Toby said anyone who would like to pre-register for the ride can call Sam’s Club at 566-6957 and leave a message stating your intent to ride.

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