On June 11th 2016, the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) from Rochester, NY gave a helping hand at the ADA Foundation Tour De Cure Event. This was a particularly special event for the ADA Team as they were celebrating their 25th anniversary for the Tour de Cure Series.
The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Through education, support and research they have helped and continue to help millions of Diabetes sufferers.
The day started early with the RRT volunteers on site at 5:00am to help with set-up. Throughout the day the team helped with various jobs such as parking, starting races, traffic control, route marshalling, setting up many tables to serve lunch, and refilling hydration stations. The day was in jeopardy from the start, as a severe thunderstorm swept through the area, but when the lightning struck and the thunder rolled, the team of volunteers remained calm and ready to help.
The riders were full of energy and in good spirits as they were cheered along by family, friends and volunteers as well as the RRT members. The support was huge with over 146 teams that made a total of 2,025 riders who raised over $870,000 for the cause!!
It turned out to be a hot and humid day and every hand was appreciated, especially during the big final clean-up! RRT concluded the day with helping pick up trash and take down signage and received words of praise from the ADA staff as they parted. Events like these are a fun and rewarding way for the RRT Volunteers to give back to their community!