SALEMBURG — Perry C. Williams is continuing his legacy of raising awareness for diabetes as he pedals through North Carolina’s roads. He’s ready for his biggest challenge.
“I must live the legacy,” Williams said about his mission to be the greatest cyclist from the Carolinas.
Around the area, he’s known as The Bicycle Man and The Miracle Biker. Williams began cycling at 14 and several years ago, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after falling into a coma because of a high blood sugar level. After recovering from life support, he made decision to raise awareness through bike rides. One of the longest rides began in Salemburg and ended in Fayetteville.
Now, he’s planning to ride to the border of South Carolina around the Easter weekend. The 150-mile round trip route will begin in Salemburg and continue to the state line. It’s going to be a test for the Sampson County native.
“I know it will be a long ride, but I put God first because if I think from the heart, then I can do this through God — with good health, strength and exercise,” Williams said.
After his scare with diabetes, Williams thanks God for giving him “another life to live.” That’s when he started his journey as The Miracle Biker.
Diabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are above normal. A lot of food consumed turns into glucose or sugar. The pancreas makes insulin to help transfer glucose to cells for energy. Diabetes occurs when the body can’t make enough insulin or can’t produce its own. This results in sugar building up in the blood.
In 2012 Williams received medical because of Type 2 diabetes. According to medical professionals, it occurs with insulin resistance — a condition where muscle, fat and liver cell do not use insulin to carry glucose for energy. The pancreas is able to keep up with the insulin demand, but after awhile it does not make enough insulin when blood sugar levels increase.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes can cause serious health complications. Some of them include blindness, kidney failure and amputations. It’s one of the top leading cause of death in the United States. That’s something Williams wants to help change through his gift of riding bicycles during long distance routes. Williams is preparing to do a tour to spread hope and awareness for organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, in the upcoming days.
“The legend lives and rides on from the Carolinas, until the last final ride because God only made one man like me,” Williams said.
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