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Okarcheboy - What a strange name.

I wanted a unique name that would be unlikely to be used on any website that I might like to join. So I used the name of the town I lived in at the time, Okarche, Oklahoma.

Okarche is a town just NW of Oklahoma City. I was told that the name was derived from the fusion of the state name and the names of two Native American tribes who lived in the area. The Arapaho and the Cheyenne. Ergo Ok (Oklahoma) ar (Arapaho) che (Cheyenne), Okarche.

I have decided to participate in the American Diabetes Association's annual Tour de Cure event this year. I have opted to attempt the 62 mile ride on June 23 in Mustang Oklahoma.

I am participating in this event to bring attention to the disease itself. Sadly it is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans born after 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. I have seen firsthand how this disease can impact a person�s life. My grandfather and many of his siblings suffered with type 2 diabetes and its complications as has my mother and now me. As demonstrated in my family genetics is a contributing factor in developing type 2 diabetes, another possibly more important factor is lifestyle. In most cases there is no cure. However, with proper management complications can be kept to a minimum. Exercise is one of the simplest and most often ignored methods of managing this disease. With this event I intend to correct that in my life while also helping the cause.

It has been many years since I have ridden my bike and never this far. This will be quite a journey. I know it will be a great boon to my weight loss goals and in the management of my diabetes. I will keep everyone update via blogs on this site.

I am asking you to join me in the effort to Stop Diabetes by making a contribution to support my ride.

You can do this by visiting my personal page at:

The dollars we raise for the American Diabetes Association fund research provide services. More than 25 million Americans live with diabetes today. Your support can and will make a difference in their lives.

Please help by making a donation - large or small - to support the work of the American Diabetes Association. Or, why not join me on the day of the event? Become a participant and side by side, as teammates, we can work together to Stop Diabetes!

Whatever you can give will help! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.

Thank you for making a generous contribution to this cause that is so important to me

Member Since: 12/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 4,180

My Goals:
Get back to High School weight of 225 by August 2012

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