A Ride Worth Taking: Family Raises Big Money for Type 1 Diabetes

By Chris Hayre

Ed and Shannon Gritzenbach have turned a life-changing diagnosis into a cycle for change.

Since their 11-year-old daughter Anna was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in September 2011, the family has used the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure event as a platform to help find a cure for the disease. Ed is on the cusp of being Chicago’s top fundraiser for the fifth straight year.

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This year’s Tour de Cure takes place Sunday, June 12 in Aurora. To register or donate, visit tour.diabetes.org.

Photo at top: Ed Gritzenbach with his 11-year-old daughter Anna, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2011. (Courtesy: Ed Gritzenbach)