Emotional pain, honor and personal hardship were the drivers behind two Luther staff members who pedaled bikes in Tour de Cure events promoting diabetes research in Minneapolis and Fargo.
“I have a lot of families and friends who have diabetes, so it’s a cause I’ve jumped behind the last few years,” said Controller Shawn Preabt at Luther Family Buick GMC in Fargo. Preabt raised more than $5,000, making him the second highest fundraiser for the event for three years running. The 2014 event was extra special as he rode in memory of a friend who lost his son to the disease. “It’s still fairly fresh and very emotional for him.”
The impact was even more personal for Minneapolis rider Janelle Stallkamp. A receptionist at Luther’s home office, she was diagnosed at the age of six, and one of her brothers was was diagnosed more recently. Stallkamp also lost a friend to the disease three years ago.
“I try to be pretty positive and don’t complain at all,” said Stallkamp, who has been a subject in a national diabetes study for 29 years.