“This is a way that one person can give back,” explained Pam Ziegler, the organizer of the yearly “Dames Getting Dirty” ATV ride out of Mineral Point to benefit diabetes-related causes.

This year’s ride, which is exclusive to women interested in riding ATVs to support the cause, had 64 participants and netted a$650 donation to the Upland Hills Health Dialysis Center.    Pam explained that she lost her father to diabetes complications, and he received kidney dialysis in the early 1990s, when the closest dialysis center was in Madison.  The leading causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure.

Pam began organizing the Dames Getting Dirty ride six years ago, but it became a fundraising ride only two years ago.  She was happily surprised to learn this year that many riders, who introduce themselves before the group leaves Mineral Point, participated specifically because of the cause.

The ladies-only ride leaves Mineral Point from Tony’s Tap, heads to Darlington on the Tri-County Trail then returns to Mineral Point at Beezy’s Bar.  This year, the ride grew so much that the celebration after the ride included food, a DJ and many raffle prizes.  “We had ladies riding this year ranging from 19 years old to retired teachers,” Ziegler said.

The Upland Hills Dialysis Center serves more than a dozen patients each week and expects that number to grow as more people experience kidney failure due to diabetes, high blood pressure, and other causes.  To learn more about how you can support the Dialysis Center at Upland Hills Health, please call Tammie Richter, Foundation Director, at 930-7169.  The Upland Hills Auxiliary is hosting a Crop for a Cause scrapbooking event on March 10th to benefit Dialysis as well.  Information can be found at uplandhillshealth.org/auxiliary.

For more information about the September 2012 “Dames Getting Dirty for Diabetes” ATV ride, contact Pam at dirtyfordiabetes@yahoo.com.

Dialysis DonationPictured presenting a donation to Upland Hills Dialysis are (l to r):  Jill Griffiths, Dames Getting Dirty for Diabetes, Meggan Bennett Heibel, Upland Hills Dialysis staff, Pam Ziegler, Dames Getting Dirty for Diabetes,  Lisa Christenson, Upland Hills Dialysis staff, and Angella Olson, Dames Getting Dirty for Diabetes.