Tour de Cure

George Henninger

George Henninger—Phoenix Tour de Cure

Five years ago, George Henninger was a successful engineer who spent the majority of his time, both at work and at home, sitting behind a computer screen. His lazy lifestyle had left George unmotivated, overweight and out of shape. It was not until he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that George got the reality check he needed.

"The only person I was aware of with diabetes had stepped off a curb, broken her ankle and had to have her foot amputated six months later," he said. "LIFE just changed for me!"

At his doctor's recommendation, George began looking for new ways to exercise. Lifting weights didn't work because they were too heavy, running shoes were just too expensive and he was too young to be a "mall walker". "Many of my friends are into cycling (yes, spandex) so they talked me into trying it," he said. "So off to the bike shop I went. And oh boy, what a new outlook on life."

George's new outlook truly gave him a second chance at life. Through cycling and a heart healthy diet he is now off all medication, including insulin, and has lost over 50 lbs! Now the proud owner of multiple bicycles, George has been an active participant in the Phoenix Tour de Cure for the past five years.

According to Mary Rein of the Phoenix Tour de Cure, George has been both a standout volunteer and an inspiration to all. "George has been a team captain, top fund-raiser, and an outstanding committee member and volunteer. Plus, he's a lot of fun and has a great sense of humor."

A fantastic example of how getting off the couch and on a bike can truly change ones life, George encourages everyone to make physical fitness and the Tour de Cure a part of their life. He even offers some good advice to potential Tour de Cure cyclists. "Ride, ride, ride; it's going to be the ride of your life," he said. "And guess what? You can do it again next year! And, of course, take time to smell the roses as you fly by them."

Most of all, George urges all people to join him in riding on event day for one, simple reason. "It's beyond important to support the Tour de Cure. By doing this we are supporting life!

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