Officials with FLX Tour de Cure recently announced the “100/35 Campaign” for the 2014 Tour — that’s a goal of 100 team members who raise $35,000.
Last year, the 2013 NS PowerTrain team raised $31,107 for the Finger Lakes Tour de Cure held Aug. 17 at Watkins Glen High School.
“That was a new team record and beat the goal by $1,107,” according to a news release from FLX officials. The total amount raised for 2013 was just over $200,000.
With 88 members last year, PowerTrain was the largest corporate team comprised of Northfolk Southern executives Wick Moorman, John Rathbone and Mark Manion. So far, they have 20 people registered for the 2014 event, including several new riders, a fifth of the team’s goal for riders.
Each year, the PowerTrain team dedicates the ride to a person battling diabetes whose lifestyle has changed dramatically due to the disease. For 2014, the team will dedicate its efforts to two riders: Kevin Romer of Trumansburg and Amy Bishop of Spencer, the release states.
Romer, 55, is a two-time myocardial infarction survivor and Red Rider — a diabetic who rides. He was also one of the largest fundraisers for 2013.
“I don’t want my friends or family to have to deal with this dreaded disease either,” Romer stated in prepared remarks.
Bishop, 49, was diagnosed with diabetes last February. She was also a Red Rider and participated in three Tour de Cures prior to her diagnosis.
Bishop went to a nutritionist and changed her lifestyle. Her daily routine includes cycling, walking and Zumba.
Diabetes changed Bishop’s life, she stated in the release. She plans to manage her diabetes with diet and exercise.
“I look forward to riding in the Tour in 2014, I am planning on doing the 35-mile ride,” she stated in prepared remarks. “Thanks to all who ride and donate.”