“But diabetes doesn’t just affect Native communities. We’re part of that larger number and equation. Nationwide diabetes affects almost 30 million people.” — MCN Cultural Center and Archives Curator John Beaver
Nation’s mobile health unit to provide first aid service
OKMULGEE, Okla. — Team Mvskoke will participate June 3 in the 2017 American Diabetes Association Oklahoma Tour de Cure.
Tour de Cure is a national awareness and fundraising event hosted by the American Diabetes Association.
The event will take place at the Hillcrest Hospital in south Tulsa. The address is: 8801 South 101st East Ave.
The event is free for Muscogee (Creek) citizens, family members, Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Department of Health staff.
Participants can walk, run or ride their bicycle. Cyclists are required to wear a helmet.
The MCN Honor Guard will open up the event.
The 24, 46, 70 and 100-mile rides will start at 7:30 a.m.
The 10-mile ride will start at 9 a.m.
The 3.5-mile walk and fun run will begin at 10 a.m.
The longer rides are designed to help prepare riders for the Tulsa Tough cycling event the following week after the Tour de Cure.
Local bike shops in Tulsa will provide maintenance vehicles that will accompany the various rides.
The rest stops are stocked with water and snacks.
MCN Cultural Center and Archives Curator John Beaver said one of the rest stops for the 46, 70 and 100-mile rides will be at the MCN Coweta Clinic.
MCNDH will be utilizing their mobile health unit to provide first aid services for the event.
Beaver said the goal of partnering with ADA is to decrease the prevalence of diabetes in the Native community.
“But diabetes doesn’t just affect Native communities. We’re part of that larger number and equation. Nationwide diabetes affects almost 30 million people,” he said.
During the April Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council quarterly session, $10,000 was appropriated through NCA 17-047 as a donation to ADA.
“We all want to play a part in reducing the prevalence of diabetes,” Beaver said.
He explained it is a family friendly event.
Beaver said parents can bring strollers for younger children and youth are welcome to ride their bikes.
“You just need a bike and want to come out participate in this event and be a part of Team Mvskoke and the fight against diabetes,” he said.
Participants will need to obtain a free registration code from either John Beaver at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kimberlee Little at: Kimberlee.Little@creekhealth.org