Local Business Enterasys Networks Helps to Stop Diabetes at the Annual North Shore Tour de Cure

Apr 22, 2013, 08:30 ET from Enterasys Networks

SALEM, N.H., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company based in Salem, NH, will be supporting The American Diabetes Association's movement to Stop Diabetes® by having a team in the annual Tour de Cure®. This cycling event is happening on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the Topsfield Fairgrounds in Topsfield, MA to help raise funds to change the future of diabetes and stop this devastating disease.

Enterasys, a leading provider of networking solutions, is a company that loves to support the community. Team captain, Joel Parker, has been riding in the Tour de Cure since 2008 and this year the company has gotten involved as well. Enterasys has a charity committee that works closely with many charities in order to help out the community. "Enterasys employees are so giving," said Christine Mousseau, an executive assistant and Charity Committee Chair at Enterasys. "We wouldn't be able to do anything without them."

Some of the ways in which Enterasys employees contribute to the community include holding bake sales, raffles, buying and preparing food for the homeless, as well as creating a team for the Tour de Cure. Parker and Mousseau started promoting the team in early February and soon Parker had a co-captain, Kevin Gray. Together they sent out postings and shared them within the company to build awareness and support. Not long after, the design department got involved and helped create posters to be hung around the building. The company now has close to 30 riders participating in the Tour de Cure.

"We have people from every department in the company riding with us in the Tour de Cure," says Parker. "We have people who don't even own bikes buying a bike for the ride. There are people who've never done fundraising before but we've put together a lot of fundraisers to put money into a bank so if people can't make the minimum, we can help so they can ride."

"One of the things we've learned is that every time we do a charity event our employees can relate to it because it comes close to home," says Mousseau, whose parents are both living with diabetes. "Fundraising can be a little intimidating, but if you ask what's the worst that can happen?"

One rider, Paul Green, loves having the company's support in the ride. "Team Enterasys is so much more than the riders. This is about company culture." The company provides a great culture and a fun place to work, complete with barbeques and Halloween events.

Tour de Cure is designed for anyone from the occasional to the experienced cyclist with routes from the 15-mile family ride to 100-mile Gran Fondo, a century ride. The routes all feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders on.

The Tour de Cure raises funds for the 26 million Americans living with diabetes through registration fees and pledges collected by the cyclists. To register, cyclists or volunteers can call the American Diabetes Association at 617-482-4580 ext. 3487 or visit us at www.diabetes.org/nsmedia.  

The North Shore Tour de Cure is sponsored nationally by Gold's Gym, Lilly Diabetes, and Bumble Bee Foods; Locally by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Summit Partners, Boston Scientific Corporation, North Shore Magazine, Mix 104.1, Amp 103.3, and WBZ News Radio; and Regionally by Subaru of New England.  Each Tour de Cure features a variety of routes.  The North Shore Tour de Cure routes include:

100 Mile Gran Fondo- This is an epic route including two timed segments for fantastic prizes, challenging climbs and a variety of terrain in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and on Cape Ann.

62 Mile Route- This challenging route travels through the beautiful North Shore and includes scenic countryside and local communities.

31 Mile Route- Riding this route, you will see picturesque Cape Ann landscapes with beautiful views and roads.

15 Mile Route- Great for avid and newer cyclists alike, this route will travel through charming North Shore countryside.


About Enterasys Networks and Siemens Enterprise Communications
Siemens Enterprise Communications is a leading global provider of unified communications (UC) solutions and network infrastructure for enterprises of all sizes. Leveraging 160 years of experience, we deliver innovation and quality to the world's most successful companies, backed by a world-class services portfolio which includes international multi-vendor managed and outsourcing capabilities.

Our OpenScape communications solutions provide a seamless and efficient collaboration experience – on any device – which amplifies collective effort and dramatically improves business performance.

Together, our global team of UC experts and service professionals set the standards for a rich communications experience that empowers teams to deliver better results.

Siemens Enterprise Communications is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG, and includes Enterasys Networks, a provider of network infrastructure and security solutions, creating a complementary and complete enterprise communications solutions portfolio.

For more information, please visit: 
www.siemens-enterprise.com or www.enterasys.com

Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG is a Trademark Licensee of Siemens AG.

About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.  

For more information, please visit www.diabetes.org/nsmedia.

To schedule an interview with an employee of Enterasys or another North Shore Tour de Cure volunteer or rider, please contact Rachel Feinberg by phone at 617-482-4580 ext. 3441 or by email at rfeinberg@diabetes.org.

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