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Michigan Doctor To Bike Across America To Help Cure Niece
U.S.A. & GREENVALE, NY---Detroit emergency room doctor, Gerard Martin sees his share of complications from diabetes every day. Since the time his niece Colleen was diagnosed 7 years ago at the age of 4, he has observed first hand the toll it has taken on a young child's life. "In addition to the multiple shots and blood tests by pricking her fingers 8-10 times a day, she lives with the future unknown of the complications that could await her as she grows older. It is a lot to ask of an 11 year old."
Dr. Martin is turning 50 this year and while most people celebrate with a huge party, he has a different idea. "I thought of everything she goes through every day and I believe that a real birthday, worth celebrating, will be when Colleen is cured. I decided to do something that could raise money and awareness about this devastating disease." The day after Father's Day Dr. Martin will begin in Astoria, Oregon and peddle his bicycle 3622 miles until he reaches Portsmouth, New Hampshire on August 9th to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) in Miami, Florida.
His niece, friends and kids from across the country will write letters asking people to support his efforts in the Kids Letter 'Riding' Across America campaign; over $30,000 has been raised thus far. The Diabetes Research Institute is a world leader in cure focused research where patients in clinical trials have had their diabetes reversed and some have not needed insulin in over a year. Dr. Martin stated, "...it is not a cure, not yet, but we are getting closer every day. As a medical professional, I believe that the dedication and talents of the DRI will continue to make huge progress for Colleen and the millions like her. They are our best hope for a cure."
Over 17 million Americans have diabetes. Complications from the disease kill over 400 people a day and is one of the leading causes of death and amputation. There is no cure at present, insulin is not a cure. Those willing to track Dr. Martin's travels and also to make a donation go to www.drinet.org and click the "Letter Riding Across America" icon for further information.
Last Updated: Sunday June 27, 2004 12:01:56
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