Globe University-Woodbury massage therapy students along with their instructors gathered at the 2014
Twin Cities Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association where they gave more than 100 massages to the cyclists who rode in the fundraising event. Tour de Cure is a series of cycling events nationwide to help raise money as well as celebrate those who live with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
“Tour de Cure is such a great cause and is very near and dear to my heart because my niece had diabetes,” said Michelle Kowalski, massage therapy student. “I thought it was a great experience to help such a great cause and the people that we gave massages too were so appreciative. We worked very hard that day because of the amount of people that participated in the ride.”
Jennifer Williams with the American Diabetes Association was so thankful for the Globe massage therapy volunteers. She commented that this event wouldn’t be possible without people like our students and staff.
The massage students and instructors were among the other 2,000 riders and volunteers helping raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. The students used a variety of techniques on the riders based on troubled areas. They did chair massages, thai massages, sports massages as well as deep tissue massages.
“This event was great,” said Christina Brooks, massage therapy instructor. “I haven’t done an event like that in a long time, and it was fun and special to be on the other end of it as an instructor instead of a student.”
According to Tour de Cure, in 2013, more than 65,000 cyclists in 89 events raised more than $26 million to support the mission of preventing as well as finding a cure for diabetes in order to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
About the American Diabetes Association:
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading 501(C)3 nonprofit charity fighting against diabetes and its deadly consequences. Nearly 26 million children and adults in this country are diagnosed with diabetes, so the mission we have is an urgent one. Everything we do forms the underpinning for that mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.