Bicycling for a friend’s cure
Photo: Tess Anderson, 11, of South Elgin, Ill., and best friend Nicole Loske, 10, of Elburn, at the Tour de Cure bike event in June for the American Diabetes Association. Courtesy Photo
by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—Nicole Loske of Elburn has done something the last two summers that she never did before. And she said she plans to do it again.
Nicole, who is “10-and-a-half years old,” has ridden her bike as part of Team Tess (http://bit.ly/nFgJ8S) during the annual Tour de Cure cycling event held in 43 states that raises money for the American Diabetes Association.
“I got interested in this when my best friend, Tess, got diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Sept. 1, 2008,” Nicole said. “I found out there was a ride, and she was doing it to raise money to help stop diabetes.
“I figured I might help since I’ve known her my entire life.”
The girls are students at Westminster Christian in Elgin and truly have known each other for their entire lives, since their mothers met while expecting their first-borns over 16 years ago.
Tess Anderson, 11, of South Elgin, has become quite an advocate for the ADA, and is serving this year as the Northern Illinois Youth Ambassador. Her mother Anne Marie said Tess is now eligible to become a national ambassador.
“She’s very active in advocacy and was featured in a (Chicago) Tribune article for Tour de Cure,” she said. “Her first speaking engagement was at the Lovie Smith Care to Cure banquet.”
Mrs. Anderson said the national ambassadors travel all over and meet celebrities and the president representing ADA.
“I really hope she gets it,” she said. “It would be really cool.”
Team Tess, which is sponsored by Spin Doctor Cyclewerks in Bartlett, owned by Tess’s dad Greg, brought in more than $20,000 during this year’s Tour. Nicole surpassed her $150 goal with donations totaling $195.11. The eleven cents came from her 16-year old brother, Kyle, who rode in the Tour last year.
“You have to ask people to sponsor you and there’s no limit,” Nicole said.
Although this year she rode only 10 miles instead of 15 like last year, Nicole said she plans to ride again next year and has set her goal for donations at $500.
More information on the American Diabetes Association can be found at diabetes.org. For more on the Tour de Cure, go to diabetes.org/tour.