Bike ride under way to raise awareness of diabetes

Posted June 5, 2010 7:28 p.m. EDT

— The American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure, a two-day bicycling event to help raise awareness and money for diabetes research, is underway.

The Tour de Cure kicked off early Saturday at Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary. It will end Sunday in Southern Pines.

Since 2002, more than 1 million new cases of diabetes have been diagnosed each year in the United States. About 5.7 million Americans have diabetes but don't know it. In North Carolina, an estimated 600,000 people have diabetes.