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Recycling Starts w i th Thursday ' i April 20, 2006 " upcoming activities of South Central Schools 4/20 SCMS Track Meet at Ashland 3 p.m. FCCLA Banquet 7 p.m. Proudly displaying his benefactor's shiny paint job on his van, Peter 4/21 SCHS JV Golf Meet at Ashland 3 p.m. Hoogenboom and his wife Pat overnighted here Monday night on their 10,000 4/24 SCHS Golf Meet at Greensburg 3 p.m. mile cross country trip. photo by Dennies D. Andersen 4/26 NO SCHOOL ES/MS SCMS hosts League Instrumental Festival Shows Diabetics Their Lack of Limitations 4/27 SCMS Track Meet Greensburg 3 p.m. TO U r 0 n SCHS Track Meet Medicine Lodge 4 p.m. 4/28 Kindergarten Round-up 1 p.m. Peter Hoogenboom and his betes outstanding examples of now becoming a reality for him. SCHS Golf Meet at Ashland 3 p.m. wife Pat, from Salt Lake City, what can be accomplished "Just because you have dia- SCMS Activities Banquet 6 p.m.utah, were in Coldwater early through successful diabetes self- betes doesn't mean you can't do 4/29 State Music Feslival Solos/Small Ensembles at Wichita this week as they make a cross management. The contest rec- this kind of thing," he said. country, 10,000 mile trip -- to- ognizes and supports the efforts Through the Bayer Health Imagination Library Books ar FREE gether, but not quite, ofindividuals who manage their Care Dream Fund, hewonacon- They are taking separate re- diabetes so well that their disease test and was awarded his dream. for Comanche County children up to age 51 hicles throughout the trip, is only a minor aspect of who "This is basically a seven- though. He is on his 30-speed they are, allowing them to month endeavor," he said of the road bicycle, and his wife is driv- achieve truly extraordinary per- Dream Tour -- on which he is ing the support van as they cruise sonal goals. The sponsors hope cycling alone most of the way. from Salt Lake over toward the the contest winners will serve as Since he started the trip March west coast, down into Arizona inspirations to millions of oth- 18, some friends rode along part and headed east. That is what ers living with diabetes of the way, and others will join brought them to Coldwater.In 1973, at age 14, Hoogen- him for atime later. But mostof Next, their,trip takes thermon to boom was diagnosed with type the miles he will be "solo," with the east coast, and then back 1 diabetes. "I struggled with it his wife driving the van nearby. west. and didn't really take care of Prior to the cross-Kansas In Salt Lake City, Hoogen-myself for the first 10 years, he stretch of the trip, he had ped- boom is a website developer for said this week. Then in 1987, he aled through Colorado, Arizona, the University of Utah who is went back to the doctor when a New Mexico, Texas, andOkla- taking a leave of absence to take check up showed eye problems, homa. this bike trip. His wife, Pat and blood pressure problems in He is now cruising across the Hemrich, is a technical writer for addition to other worsening din- entire state of Kansas west to a small company in Salt Lake betes-related problems. "That east, basically following US 160 City. was a wake up call," he said, across the state. When they get The trip, his "Dream Tour"noting that he figured out that if into Missouri, they will head is the result of a short essay he he didn't take better care of him- south and meander toward wrote and submitted to the Bayer self he wouldn't be around for Florida and up the east coast to HealthCare sponsored Ascensia long. Maine. Dream Fund Contest. "And I kind of like being From there, they will drop Goal of that contest is to pro- around here," the 46-year-old back south and meander west vide millions of people with din- said. again, hitting all states on their That's when he started taking way. better care of himself at that When in Bentonville, Ark point. That's how he got in to ex- next Wednesday, Bayer has sev- Remember May 15 is th Deadline ercising and bicycling, thoughhe eral events planned for Hoog- S ig n t /| IIU l' r was no stranger to athletic ef- enboom, including talks with to forts. In high school he took part both school children and adults. in a number of sports, and after So far, the cyclist had been that he was on the university through a variety of conditions, swim team. including snow the first week. But he and his brother had"But it very quickly warmed up," always dreamed about riding he said, noting the recent heat their bicycles into every state in across the plains states. Stop in and talk to the "lower 48." A dream that is (continued on page 9) Tony or Lisa to find out what is best for you in chosing a plan before you decide. ~I~H ~T~T " Tony & Lisa Gales, Pharmacists 113 East Main 582-2134 or 1-800-794-4307 Coldwater