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Sweet Charity

  • I agreed to pull a plane today. Yep, you read that right. Our office is going to field a team in the FedEx Plane Pull for the Special Olympics: twenty people v. 164,000 pounds of plane. (This will be interesting, especially considering that my fitness evaluation found I could press 240 pounds with my legs, but only 60 with my arms.) We discussed office fundraisers to come up with the $1200 entry fee; I suggested barbecued pulled pork sandwiches just for the sake of the pun. They went for it. 
  • I’ve raised almost $500 for the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure this Saturday! By this time Saturday night I’ll probably be rather tired, but biking on the Indy 500 track is pretty awesome. Hopefully it won’t really be 87+ degrees, since the forty miles I’m aiming for will take me a few hours. I’ve been working on the thank you gifts for donors. I thought about copying Rich and baking things, but baking cookies for a diabetes fundraiser seemed wrong. (And Paula Deen’s probably already done it anyway.) This is a link to my Tour page, but it will also lead you to info on diabetes, ADA, and Tours in your area.
  • I learned how to edit Facebook posts on my phone yesterday, when Autocorrect changed a key word so that my Tour post read “I’ll be riding forty Mikes at the Indy 500 track on Saturday.” Umm…no. On a side note: Autocorrect thinks I’m a slut.
  • I got a phone call today from a charity I won’t name, saying that someone had nominated me for their “executive lock-up” so I was going to be taken to their “jail” at the Hilton in August with bail set at $3200. Given who else in the office was “nominated” we figured out that it was everyone who donated to a former exec’s lockup several years ago. It seems pretty ballsy to cold call someone who gave you $10 in 2009 and demand that they raise several thousand for you now. And, honestly, when you work for in corrections, having a commemorative picture of yourself taken in a jail cell isn’t really that exotic. 

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Help me kick diabetes’ ass!

You know it deserves a good ass-kicking.

Pinkabrinka’s Tour de Cure page

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. Last year was my first Tour de Cure. I rode sixteen miles, which was the longest ride I’d ever done. It was slow going. The good thing about riding at the Speedway is that there are no hills to climb; the bad thing about riding at the Speedway is that there are no hills to coast down. Every foot you move forward, you do so because you pedaled there.

Not long after last year’s Tour, I had a stroke. I spent a week in the neurology intensive care ward, and weeks of struggling to get back to what I knew as normal. And with no answer as to why it happened, there was no way to predict if it would happen again. Though I didn’t have any serious lasting physical effects from the stroke, it affected how I perceived movement, and at only 38, how I perceived myself.

It took a few months before I dared to get on a bike again. I questioned my ability to balance. I got tired easily. I got dizzy if I stood up too fast. I was severely depressed. I wanted to ride, but I didn’t know if how it was going to turn out. On my first ride, I told myself that I needed to ride one mile. I decided I could do two. I ended up riding eight miles that night. I couldn’t turn quickly, but I didn’t fall off. I kept riding. I biked to work. I biked to Carmel and back. I bought cold weather gear several sizes smaller than the year before. It snowed. I kept riding. On June 9th, I will ride in the 2012 Tour de Cure, with a goal of riding 40 miles.

I’ve learned a lot since last year. I’ve learned that I’m stronger than I realized. I’ve learned that I’m not bulletproof (metaphorically speaking—thankfully I didn’t learn that literally!). I’ve learned that hospitals don’t always know how to manage diabetes, and that advocating for yourself is as necessary as it is scary. I’ve learned that education about diabetes is crucial, and that part of that education is simply being visible, or refusing to be invisible.

A lot has changed in my life since the last Tour. What hasn’t changed, though, is that diabetes is still a major health problem around the world. In America alone, over 25 million people are living with diabetes. We need education. We need advocacy. We need a cure. You can help. The link below will take you to my Tour page. If you can, please take a moment and make a donation. Donations are 100% tax deductible, and fund education, advocacy, and research to find a cure for this disease. Donations over $25 will receive a special thank you gift from me. (Drop me a note at my pinkabrinka gmail and let me know your shipping address.) 

Getting back on my bike saved me. Help me use it to save others. I appreciate your support and encouragement. 

Pinkabrinka’s Tour de Cure page

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