Fanale to lead American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s Tour de Cure, an American Diabetes Association event to raise funds to prevent and cure diabetes, will be hosted this year by Care New England Health System CEO and President Dr. James E. Fanale.

The event, on Sept. 29 at the University of Rhode Island, features a 12-mile or 100-mile bicycle ride, and a 5K road race for runners and walkers.

Care New England, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and UnitedHealthcare are statewide sponsors of the event.

Tour de Cure, an annual ADA event, draws more than 30,600 participants across the country each year.

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“Diabetes affects so many people on a personal and community level,” Fanale said. “Unfortunately, the prevalence of diabetes continues to grow, affecting more than 106,000 individuals here in Rhode Island. Another 200,000 are undiagnosed or living with prediabetes. Attention and action is necessary to help us advance the pace of progress in the fight against diabetes.”

Participants in next month’s Tour de Cure who have diabetes will be given VIP treatment, although rest stops will be set up to accommodate everyone.

To register, visit www.diabetes.org.

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