Menands, New York (PressExposure) June 04, 2013 -- 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 waiting to see who holds winning raffle tickets. Snacks and beverages will be available to tame any munchies created along the trail.
Any vehicle on two wheels is welcome - mopeds and scooters (of course!) but bicycles and motorcycles and even Segways form the gang of roadsters who tear up the streets of Albany each year on behalf of the JDRF. Anything on two wheels that travels no faster than 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 T-shirt; to make sure you get the size you want, please register on or before June 28. Entrants who register after June 28 will get a JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes T-shirt. Registration will continue until the tour begins but there is no guarantee late entries will get T-shirts.
Individual ("Weekend Warrior") registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt.
There are several levels of corporate sponsorships. In addition to the fun, the music, the ride through the city, and good eats at the end of the trail, corporate sponsorships are as follows:
The "Whole Hog" Corporate Sponsorship / $1,000 -- includes an event T-shirt, your company logo on all event T-shirts and the event banner. You'll be publicly recognized as a sponsor on the ATR (A-Town Rumble) Facebook Page and ScooterRiderMag.com will publish your company logo, a link to your website, and a guest blog post on the magazine's website.
The "Full Throttle" Corporate Sponsorship / $500 -- includes an event T-shirt and your company logo on all event T-shirts and the event banner. ScooterRiderMag.com will publish your company logo and a link to your website.
The "Muscle" Corporate Sponsorship / $250 -- includes an event T-shirt and your company logo on all event T-shirts and the event banner.
The "Kick Start" Corporate Sponsorship / $100 -- includes an event T-shirt and your company logo on all event T-shirts.
To take full advantage of all the promotional opportunities available to corporate sponsors at every level, please make donations by June 15.
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."