GOOD CAUSE: Bike Ride For Diabetes | Community Spirit
By Cain Junkman
The Fort Dodge Evening Lion’s first annual “Bike Ride for Diabetes” was held Saturday, April 27th, beginning at Kennedy Park. Lion’s club member, Tim Wilson, said the turnout was not bad for the first year.
“We had a low turnout, but for the first year, it’s not too bad,” said Wilson. “Hopefully next year it will be a lot bigger.”
Wilson said the money raised goes to Hertko Hollow, a camp where kids with diabetes can go to learn more about diabetes.
“They can teach them everything about being diabetic, such as how to give themselves shots, how to control their diet, and much more,” said Wilson.
The event, which was sponsored by the Fort Dodge Evening Lions club, had many club members in attendance. Wilson said the Lions club is the largest service organization in the world. Wilson said that the club originally began in Chicago.
“We do a lot with sign, hearing and diabetes. One of the big things for Iowa is helping with kid’s eyesight,” said Wilson. “We screen kid’s eyes and if there’s a problem, we can help them fix it before it becomes permanent.” Since the program started in 2001, the Lion’s club has helped screen over 250,000 kids.
To learn more about the Fort Dodge Evening Lions, or to join, contact Tim Wilson at (707) 304-3933.