“The turtle always wins” is the motto that Carla Voorhees stands by as she prepares for this year’s Nashville, TN bike ride for a cure. In 2012, she participated in the ride across Burlington, VT and fondly remembers crossing the finish line with her friend Kara, who encouraged her throughout the ride. What sparked her cyclist spirit you might ask?
The self-proclaimed “slow and steady cyclist” had cycled as a part of marathons she participated in prior to her first ride with JDRF. She wanted to try something different and signed up because she saw it as a challenge, so in 2004 she took part in her first cycling event in Austin, TX.
Carla encourages everyone she meets to join her in riding for a cure. When she’s not cycling or fundraising she enjoys working out and spending time with family and friends.
Carla has been involved with JDRF since 1997, three years after she was diagnosed with T1D. She started off as an Executive Board member for a local chapter in South Carolina; she then went on to form a team for the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. Carla and her team, Carla for a Cure, have collectively raised about $1,000 in the past year alone. This year, Carla said, “We’re going for $4,000!”
Despite of her triumphant spirit, Carla, like many other T1D, still struggles with the daily challenges of the disease. “The chronic nature of it and always having to think about it gets hard. When you go through your day, you can never take a break,” she said. Nevertheless, she loves JDRF for making life as a T1D easier, and for introducing her to a community of people who are as passionate as she is and have a common goal, to find a cure. Ultimately, Carla would love to see more improvements for products used for patients and would like to see them being produced quicker.
Good luck to our Nashville Team leaving next week for the ride of their life: Carla, Kara, Michele, Tricia and Dan!