2006-05-04 / Health & Wellness

Oak Park students ride for diabetes research

READY, SET, GO- Members of Students for a Cure, an Oak Park High School club, prepare to ride in the Tour de Cure, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Students rode 32 miles through Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley last Sunday, raising more than $800 for diabetes research. READY, SET, GO- Members of Students for a Cure, an Oak Park High School club, prepare to ride in the Tour de Cure, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Students rode 32 miles through Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley last Sunday, raising more than $800 for diabetes research. A group of students from Oak Park High School used their bicycles to raise more than $800 for diabetes research last Sun., April 30.

Members of the school's Students for a Cure club participated in the Tour de Cure, a 32-mile ride sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. The course took riders through Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley.

"It was fun but kind of strenuous," said Meghan Toomayan, 15, of Oak Park. "I would do it again."

Students for a Cure was established in November to raise awareness of and funding for research to find cures for diabetes, cancer and other diseases affecting millions of children. To raise money for the Tour de Cure, students made hemp bracelets that they sold for $1 each.

The group also held a toy drive for the pediatrics unit of EncinoTarzana Regional Medical Center and served as volunteers for the Great Race of Agoura and the Wellness Community.

"The inspiration for starting the club was my 8-year-old cousin who has diabetes and celiac disease, and all of the other kids who have illnesses they have to deal with," said Danny Fischer, president of Students for a Cure, who started the organization with his sister, Brianna.

"We want to do whatever we can to help," Danny said.

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