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Monday, April 19, 2010

Tour de Cure - and More.

First, before I get any further, I have to put in a sales pitch. If you are friends of mine on Facebook, you've probably already read my sales pitch about the Tour de Cure. If you're just tuning in, then thanks for listening. :)

Matt and I have joined one of my greatest friends Quinn Nystrom in the fight towards a cure for diabetes. We have joined the Tour de Q [Quinn's team] in the Tour de Cure - a 25 mile bike race in Minneapolis. We will ride for a cause together - the first time we've done something like this.

A bit about Quinn's story and why she's so passionate about this cause. When Quinn's younger brother Will was really young [like 4 or so, if I remember correctly], he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Several years later, Quinn - a 7th grader at the time - was diagnosed with the same illness. There was no family history and no precursors. It miraculously struck two siblings in a family of otherwise healthy people.

Initially devastated, Quinn realized that her "stumbling blocks could be turned into stepping stones" [one of her amazing quotes] and she made fighting for a cure for diabetes her lifelong goal. She has been the national youth advocate [for the entire US!] while in high school, and she's spoken to people in the national government, lobbying for her cause. Her ultimate goal is to be a public speaker - spreading the word about diabetes, how it affects all of us in one way or another, and what we can do to help a cure be in the future. I am so proud to call her my friend and I'm honored to be able to take part in this ride.

If you would like to make a donation to the American Diabetes Association, Matt and I, as well as Quinn and the rest of the diabetics in the country, would be so thankful. Every little bit helps - even a dollar. If you'd prefer to mail a check to me [made out to the ADA], you can email me for my address. But, if you'd like to donate online, please click below. It should take you to our page where you can make a donation directly.

Click here to make a donation to the American Diabetes Association and help Matt and I in the Tour de Cure.


Now, as a preview to another post to come in the next day or two - my friend Katie and I finally met up today and I got the chance to meet her beautiful son Wyatt. [He's ONLY almost 2 years old - I don't know where the last 2 years went?!]

Because I've been around mostly little girls lately, it was so fun to be around a little boy.


Because they're devious and hilarious and inquisitive and ... I love them.

More to come.

Sweet dreams,



  1. Laura, you are AMAZING! The pictures of Wyatt are beautiful and you made it seem so effortless! I'm gonna need more business cards girl! Love you, Katie

  2. Laura those picture of Wyatt are so great, I might have to give you a call before we head there this summer. I love you work and your blog!

  3. Katie - good thing I just ordered some more business cards then, eh?? :) I'll get crackin' on the rest of them so you can see them soon. Love you!

    Meghan - Yes, call me!! I'd love the chance to meet Ellie. My most favorite shoots are just like we did yesterday - playing and letting kids be kids, while I click away.


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