ALBANY, NEW YORK / July 11, 2013 / (Press Release) — Call it a rumble. Call it a swarm. No matter what you call it, the 4th Annual A-Town Rumble Moped and Scooter Rally is sure to stir up quite a ruckus on Saturday, July 13, 2013, when road warriors on two wheels take to the streets of Albany, New York, to promote awareness and raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Oh, the places you’ll go and the things you’ll see along the way make this annual excursion an event as fun and educational as it is beneficial. Every penny of every registration fee goes toward the search for a cure for type 1 diabetes with the hope of bringing carefree, vibrant health to every child who faces this tough life-long battle with chronic disease and peace of mind to every parent who loves them.
The capital city of the state of New York has been described as the “Improbable City of Political Wizards, Fearless Ethnics, Spectacular Aristocrats, Splendid Nobodies, and Underrated Scoundrels” by Albany poet laureate, William Kennedy. If that description alone doesn’t entice you to mount up and join the fun, the itinerary might. Get on your mark at the Menands Market starting line then get set to go on a journey of epic proportions through the streets of this lovely city. The fun begins at 10:00 AM.
The guided tour through the Capital District includes landmarks such as the State Capitol and a chance to wave hello to a Dead US President. Enjoy the ride through parks as historic as they are beautiful and pedal along the banks of the majestic Hudson River. The grand tour will take you back to the Market, where lovely hometown songstress Erin Powers will entertain Rumblers and revelers. Snacks and beverages will be available to tame any munchies created along the trail.
Any motorized vehicle on two or three wheels is welcome – mopeds and scooters (of course!) motorcycles and even Trikes form the gang of roadsters who tear up the streets of Albany each year on behalf of the JDRF. Anything on two or three wheels that cruises at 30 MPH + is welcome. Mechanical breakdowns will not mar the fun; there will be free bike pick-up service for any mishaps along the Rumble route
Every A-Town Rumbler gets a Rally or JDRF T-shirt.
Everyday life for the three million children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) involves constant monitoring of blood sugar levels, food and beverage intake, and exercise. Insulin is often needed to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. No child likes needles, shots, and doctors’ offices but the child with T1D faces a lifetime of skin pricks to draw blood to test sugar levels and insulin injections. Things that seem merely troublesome to most people – cold weather, stress, sunburn, hormonal changes – can become major health concerns for children and adults with type 1 diabetes.
“It’s a 24 / 7 / 365 job,” says Mary Vonnegut, an adult with type 1 diabetes. Eight-year-old Jonathan Platt says he’s “too young to have to worry about all this stuff” but he does it anyway; he must undergo a skin prick test eight or ten times every single day plus insulin injections to keep blood sugar levels in check. People with T1D face increased risk of amputation, blindness, heart attack and stroke, kidney failure, and nerve damage.
The actress, Mary Tyler Moore, has suffered from T1D all her life and now serves as chairman of JDRF International. She describes the T1D lifestyle like this: “Both children and adults like me who live with type 1 diabetes (T1D) need to be mathematicians, physicians, personal trainers, and dietitians all rolled into one. We need to be constantly factoring and adjusting, making frequent finger sticks to check blood sugars, and giving ourselves multiple daily insulin injections just to stay alive.”
All donations and sponsorships are tax-exempt charitable contributions, with tax ID number on every receipt. All non-cash donations to the A-Town Rumble will be gratefully used as door prizes and raffle winnings. Credit and debit card donations and registration fees can be made online using PayPal.
Please contact Chuck Price for questions and sponsorship opportunities at: