UM Shore Regional Health’s eight-rider team pedaled a total of 334 miles in the recent Chesapeake Tour de Cure, raising more than $3,000 for the American Diabetes Association.
This year’s Chesapeake Tour de Cure was headquartered at the Talbot Community Center in Easton, and included 44 teams from around the Delmarva Peninsula whose participation and support raised nearly $175,000. The UM SRH team, which placed 5th in dollars raised among the top 10 company teams, included Harry Canter, Karen Canter, Margie Elsberg, Sherrie Hill, Mary King, Amy Lorenz, Chrissy Nelson (team captain), Belle Sampson and Doris Allen Tate. Tate was the top UM SRH fundraiser with $1400 in support.
“When you participate in the Tour de Cure, you are raising awareness in your community about diabetes, supporting life-saving research and helping people who are discriminated against because they have diabetes,” says Nelson, who has participated in the past six Chesapeake Tour de Cure events. “Diabetes rates in Shore Regional Health’s five county region are higher than the Maryland state and national averages, and several of our team members have worked as diabetes nurse educators to help patients learn how to manage their disease and prevent complications so they can enjoy active and productive lives. I’m really grateful to our riders, our volunteer helpers and also our donors — mostly friends and family — whose support helped us raise just over $3,000.”
As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members, and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.