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Diabetes Tour DeCure on South Side raises money for Diabetes Association


September 18, 2018

Rebecca Kasavich of the South Side Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Barbara Rudiak of South Side Community Council, Anna Marie Kijanka of New York Life, and Julie Heverly of the American Diabetes Association with a $10,000 donation from New York Life for the American Diabetes Association.

Pittsburgh's South Shore riverfront was the premier venue for the American Diabetes Tour DeCure Ride/Walk/Run event on Saturday, Sept. 15.

This charity fundraiser occurred simultaneously across the nation, which was the first to combine a 63/12/5 mile Bicycle Ride with a 5k Walk/Run. More than 600 registrants participated in the South Side event, raising more than $350,000 to help improve the lives of families and friends battling the disease of diabetes.

The day's events included breakfast, lunch, and a UPMC Wellness Village with 18 vendors providing information and education on managing and preventing diabetes and its many complications.

The New York Life Foundation granted $10,000 to the American Diabetes Association Camp Courage to help children with Type 1 Diabetes. Team New York Life and Friends, 47 strong, raised an additional $4,500 toward the cause.

Contributions to the American Diabetes Association are still being accepted; contact Anna Marie Kijanka at 412-334-1014 or to donate.

"Every dollar raised in our area is equal to a value of four dollars, since much of the research for the cure is performed locally at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh," Ms. Kijanka said.


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