Ride helps local man make a difference

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Leonard Auter was looking for a way to make a difference in his life and others' lives who are dealing with the impacts of diabetes.

So last year he signed up for and rode in the Tour de Cure, a fundraising ride sponsored and supported by the American Diabetes Association. This year’s race will be held in Longmont, and Auter, who is a Type 2 diabetic, will be back on his bike.

“They say this is the ride of your life,” Auter said. “It’s amazing.”

Auter, who was riding in the memory of his mother, Barbara Auter, who died in 2011 from complications of diabetes, said the number of riders, the large crowd of supporters and the atmosphere that surrounded the event impressed him.

“There had to be 3,000 people there," Auter said. “I was touched by the little children I saw riding in the event.”

Last year, Leonard was on his own, but this year he will be joined by his brother Steve Auter, who also will be riding in the event. Next year, he is hoping to pull together a team to register for the ride.

“I think it’s too late this year, but I would really like to find a group of people who want to come out and ride in the event,” he said.

Last year, Auter raised $200, which he donated to the cause. He is hoping to pull in $500 in contributions for the ride this year.

“I will make it, but I’m hoping to find a little help in the community,” Auter said. “The power of what we can do together far outweighs what I can do alone."

To donate to Leonard’s cause, call 970-871-1285 or visit his page at http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin? px=9242710&pg=personal&fr_id=9408.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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