Eric Cosmides has good reason to be leading up a team of volunteers who will assemble 800 brown bag lunches for cyclists riding in the Tour de Cure fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association this weekend in Harmony, PA.
His efforts will serve as his senior project at Avonworth High School, but, more importantly, it will send a personal message of the need to find a cure from someone who has lived with diabetes for more than six years.
"I was diagnosed with Type I juvenile diabetes in May of 2005," Eric, 17, said.
Classmates, family members and friends will gather in the Seneca Valley High School cafeteria tomorrow to pack bags that will include sandwiches, drinks, fruit, and snacks such as grain bars, chips and crackers for each of the cyclists who have registered to ride in increments ranging from eight to 100 miles, with money pledges being donated to the ADA.
Eric said that he has had no serious limitations relating to his diabetes, but that he "…has to watch his carbs, and that makes it important for me to know about foods.”
Following graduation, Eric plans to attend college where he will major in home economics education. He said that he realizes that not many guys pursue that area as a career, but food preparation has been a lifelong interest, and he recognizes that there are other benefits, as well. "That's where the girls are," he said with a smile.
Eric is the son of Rachelle and John Cosmides of Ohio Township