Here you will find the latest news, information and activities from AYUDA, our partners and other related organizations.
El Tour in the News
Arizona Daily Times
Just prior to the El Tour de Tucson event in Tucson, AZ, members of the Pascua Yaqui tribe and AYUDA's own James Stout were featured in an article in the Arizona Daily Times. See the summary below and click on the link to read the full article.
El Tour: Yaqui rider hopes healthy start can lead to 'emotional', 'spectacular' finish
As her family held the donated mountain bike seat, 37-year-old Melinda Leyva put her feet on the pedals, gripped the handlebars and wobbled.
She was teaching herself how to ride.
Feet have led to miles as she rides on Tucson’s west side and around the Pascua Yaqui Reservation.
On Nov. 23, Leyva will be one of about 30 Yaqui team riders in El Tour de Tucson; she will ride the 38-mile race. The Yaqui team will ride as part of the reservation’s Diabetes Prevention and Treatment Program.
“When we started talking about this race last year, I thought it would be awesome,” the administrative assistant said. “But I didn’t know how to ride. So I taught myself.”
Leyva started cycling to help save her life. Click here to read the rest of the article
Indian Country Today Media Network
A nice recap of the event was featured in the ICTMN and also feature James. Click on the title link to read more!
AYDUA News: December 2013
AYUDA's winter edition of the newsletter is now available to download! This edition features a recap of the WDD Pilot program in Santo Domingo in November, hightlights from El Tour de Tucson and of the amazing work of the Pascua Yaqui tribe, as well as updates on our Early Decision Volunteers and much more! To download the newsletter just click on the image or click here!
AYUDA announces $300,000 grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
Arlington, VA: December 17, 2013 – AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad) is a volunteer based non-profit organization whose mission is to empower young people to become agents of social change in diabetes communities around the world.
AYUDA is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a $300,000 grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to support its mission over the next 16 months. Of that amount, $75,000 is designated as a dollar-for-dollar challenge match for each new gift to AYUDA of $2,500 or above. AYUDA is pleased to have this opportunity to encourage individual and corporate donors to double their impact through a leadership gift.
With this grant, AYUDA will continue to broaden its reach and increase opportunities for AYUDA’s trained youth volunteers to have more transformative leadership roles domestically and abroad. AYUDA’s youth volunteers plan and implement programs that teach and motivate young people living with diabetes to live happier and healthier lives in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Ecuador. This grant is the third award since 2010 from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
“In the countries where we work, a lack of diabetes education can be as dangerous as a lack of insulin to those living with diabetes,” said Dr. Nicolas Cuttriss, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of AYUDA, “Our unique peer-to-peer education programs have the ability to extend and enhance the lives of those living with diabetes in a cost-effective and practical manner. We are so grateful to The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’ s support and look forward to our continued partnership.”
Consider asking your company/ organization/foundation to help us with the challenge. Click here for more on matching gifts.
AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc.) is a non-profit volunteer-based organization that empowers youth to serve as agents of social change in diabetes communities throughout the world. AYUDA is dedicated to working with local diabetes communities to develop and implement sustainable diabetes programs throughout the world, with its initial focus emerging out of Latin America. AYUDA’s innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as a catalyst to empower local youth living with diabetes to form healthy habits and better manage their diabetes. AYUDA has established an international volunteer program that mobilizes individuals - ranging from high school students to world-class medical professionals - to support educational and leadership programs around the globe. To learn more: www.ayudainc.net.
About The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective organizations in a variety of selected areas. Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $1 billion. The Helmsley Type 1 Diabetes Program is the largest private funder of T1D-related research, treatment and support programs. For more information, please visit www.helmsleytrust.org.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM AYUDA!!
Greetings from Tucson! TEAM AYUDA has just wrapped up an inspiring weekend biking alongside members of the Pascua Yacqui Tribe and over 9,000 other riders in the Perimeter Bicycling's 31st El Tour de Tucson, presented by Casino Del Sol Resort. Unprecedented rainfall (a first for in the 31-year history of this desert ride!) and cold winds out of the Catalina Mountains gave a couple of team members hypothermia scares, but all of TEAM AYUDA finished the ride in one piece! Our Pre-Ride Dinner and Sweet 16 Celebration featured a heart-warming slideshow from 16 years of camps, a toast to Merith Basey for 9 years of service, and amazing testimonials from members of the Pascua Yacqui tribe about how their involvement in the fitness program has improved not only their A1Cs but their lives. Click here to see our twitter updates from the event.
EARLY APPLICATION UPDATE: We have filled a quarter of our 2014 Volunteer positions under our new Early Decision policy.These volunteers will receive introductory AYUDA training and begin their fundraising in early December! Our standard application deadline is January 26, 2014. January will be upon us in a hurry, don't miss this life-changing opportunity! Apply Now!
SUPPORT A VOLUNTEER: Get into the holiday giving spirit! If you aren't planning on volunteering this year, and want to give back to AYUDA, consider supporting current volunteers by donating to their personal page! Click here to search Volunteer pages. Want to help in another way? Visit the Ambassadors section of our website and see how you can help support us in other ways!
COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN: For Federal employees, through Child Aid International you can donate your pre-tax dollars through payroll deduction to AYUDA. Our number is: 39207. Search for AYUDA in the CFC directory under key word: Diabetes
WORLD DIABETES DAY: To commemorate World Diabetes Day on November 14, AYUDA launched a pilot program in the Domincian Repbublic (DR) that focused on raising diabetes awareness in schools across Santo Domingo. Along with our amazing experienced volunteers, this program was funded via a new $5,000 grant from Medtronic Diabetes. Our volunteers, working with AAV leaders were able to reach over 1,000 students in the DR and many more after making television and radio appearances. And if that wasn't enough they also hosted a global twitter chat #wdd2013. Click here to read more.
It's time to get your test on!
The 2013 Big Blue Test campaign has started. Between now and November 14th, we challenge you to do as many #BigBlueTests as you can to help us reach our goal of 20,000 entries.
Each entry triggers a donation to nonprofit groups that provide life-saving insulin, diabetes supplies, and education. This year the #BigBlueTest will benefit St. Anthony's Medical Clinic in San Francisco, University of Colorado's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Aurora, Co., FHADIMAC in Haiti and Aprendiendo a Vivir in Dominican Republic (FHADIMAC and AAV are both AYUDA partners!!!)
If you have diabetes or if you do not, taking the test is really simple:
1. Test your blood glucose (skip this step if you do not have diabetes).
2. Get active for 14-20 minutes.
3. Test again.
4. Share the results on BigBlueTest.org or use one of the smartphone apps on their website.
5. Come back every day and tell others!
Remember that every time that you take the Big Blue Test between now and November 14th you will trigger a donation on your behalf to nonprofit groups that are providing life-saving supplies, services and education to people with diabetes in need.
Join the movement. Log on to BigBlueTest.org and submit a test or use your iPhone or Android device.
Join Us For El Tour de Tucson
America's biggest "cyclosportive"
Saturday, November 23, 2013
We are excited to share with you that AYUDA has been selected as a beneficiary of El Tour De Tucson!
For the past year, AYUDA’s Volunteer Mentor and elite cyclist, James Stout, has supported an exercise and empowerment initiative with youth from the Pascua Yaqui Nation who are living with, or at risk for, type 2 diabetes. James has used his own experiences riding and living with diabetes to inspire members of the tribe – most of whom are training to participate in El Tour for the first time.
We are hosting a registration portal to raise funds to support AYUDA’s programs that empower youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world. From 5 miles to 111 miles, El Tour offers riding distances for all abilities and fitness levels!
|El Tour de Tucson: Benefits to Joining TEAM AYUDA|
● Join a motivating team that includes youth from the Pascua Yaqui Nation and AYUDA volunteers and alumni who are empowering youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world.
● Be part of the largest cyclosportive event in the USA (El Tour de Tucscon attracts over 9,000 participants each year) and ride with some of the USA’s finest cyclists, including Olympians and Tour de France winners!
● Receive incentives such as access to a pre-event VIP private dinner, VIP access to a post-race hospitality tent, AYUDA prize pack, exclusive access to online training plans, and an opportunity to win free accommodation during the weekend of the event.
● Feel good and do good at the same time by having fun and raising money to benefit AYUDA.