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Tour de Cure raises money to find cure for diabetes

Walkers and cyclists are on the move to help stop diabetes Sunday morning. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Walkers and cyclists were on the move to help stop diabetes Sunday morning.

Nearly 300 people gathered at the Cincinnati Zoo for the Cincinnati Tour De Cure, a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association.

This was the first year for the event to be hosted at the zoo.

It was also the first year the Tour de Cure combined the walk and cycling event. Participants in the walk went throughout the zoo, while cyclists chose between several distances. There was a family-friendly loop around the zoo, a 25-mile ride, 50-mile ride and an 85-mile ride that went up to Oxford and back.

The fundraiser hit its goal before the event started. Tri-Health Corporate Health COO, Terri Hanlon-Bremer, said they raised over $160,000 this year.

That money will help fun advocacy programs, new tools for people with diabetes and research.

Joy Rockwell was the top fundraiser for this year's Tour de Cure, raising $17,000. She's been raising money for the event for 20 years, raising around $250,000 total. In fact, in 2003, she was even the top fundraiser in the entire United States, raising $27,900 in one year.

Joy says she raises the money in honor and memory of her husband, as well as everyone else living with diabetes.

“I just hope one of the dollars I’ve raised is one of the dollars in the bucket when a cure is found," she said.

For more information about the American Diabetes Association, or if you want to make a donation, click here.

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