Last year, we started telling the story of the now six-year-old Cooper and his family's journey through his young diagnosis of diabetes, learning to manage it and the role the American Diabetes Association played in helping along the way. Now, as a kindergartner, Cooper and his parents, Ric and Taryn, are balancing the management of diabetes with making sure this typical six year old has a typical childhood.
"We have been humbled by the love and support we've received from the ADA," says Ric.
The past year brought unique challenges for Cooper and his family. Cooper started school, and it was up to his parents to educate his teacher and administrators about handling Cooper's diabetes. Taking a trip a family trip meant learning how to get through airport security with Cooper's new insulin pump and glucose monitoring system. Cooper and his family are learning how to handle new challenges presented by Cooper's diabetes day by day, but no person should have to plan their future around this disease. That's why we're asking you to ride in the 2017 Tour de Cure Wichita. Your participation in this event will help the American Diabetes Association reach their ultimate goal – a cure for diabetes.