Dr. Michael W. Cropp to serve as honorary chairman for 2016 Tour de Cure

Dr. Michael W. Cropp to serve as honorary chairman for 2016 Tour de Cure®

BUFFALO, NY, April 25, 2016 – Today the American Diabetes Association (ADA) announced its honorary chairman of the 2016 Tour de Cure® – Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and CEO of Independent Health.

“Independent Health is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Tour de Cure for the eighth consecutive year – as well as for the Tour’s 25th anniversary,” said Dr. Cropp. “For 25 years, the American Diabetes Association has raised awareness about diabetes through this family-friendly, community cycling event. The funds raised contribute to research and programs that help the 140,000 children and adults in Western New York who suffer from diabetes. We encourage Western New Yorkers to do their part by riding or volunteering as part of this year’s event.”

This year’s Tour de Cure will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, beginning at Old Falls Street in downtown Niagara Falls, NY. The signature cycling event attracts riders of all skill levels and also includes a 5K walk/run route, and raises funds for diabetes research, education, advocacy efforts, and allows the ADA to host Camp Aspire – the only residential summer camp in Upstate New York for children living with diabetes. The ADA invites riders, walkers, runners, sponsors and volunteers to participate in this community-driven ride.

Seneca Resorts & Casinos is the title sponsor of the 2016 Buffalo Niagara Tour de Cure; and the presenting sponsor is Independent Health. Additional corporate supporters include: Buffalo Bills, Capital One Commercial Banking, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, GEICO, General Motors Tonawanda Engine/UAW Local 774, Novo Nordisk, M&T Bank, Great Lakes Health System of WNY, Koike Aronson, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, Andreozzi Bluestein Weber Brown LLP and Northrop Grumman.

The Tour de Cure raises funds through registration fees, pledges collected by cyclists, and corporate sponsorships. To register, cyclists or volunteers can call the American Diabetes Association at 1-888-DIABETES, or visit us at diabetes.org/buffalotour.

About the ADA
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org.