Age: 49  Year Diagnosed: 1994  Location:Orlando, Fl

"I was diagnosed with diabetes 23 years ago and my father lost his life at the age of 50 to complications of this disease…way too young!  I don’t want this to be a sad story. There is hope for me and the others that are on life support (insulin). Because of the work of many people, there have been advances in research and so many life changing technology tools.  I am passionate about raising money and awareness for Type One, not only for myself, but for all the families that have been affected by this disease…it is a family disease.  If I could prevent one person from having to face the chronic nature of diabetes, my efforts would be well worth it!

Ironically, I would not change having had diabetes. It has made me stronger and given a higher purpose to my life.  I have run marathons, ridden in century bike rides and participated in my first Ragnar Relay this year on a Type One team!  I’m not sure I would have accomplished these goals (and more) had diabetes not pushed me to prove it could not hold me back.  With that said, I am ready for a CURE and ready to give up my diabetes, but not the wonderful people I’ve met along my journey.  Too many people to name but there are wonderful people working and supporting the Type One community that for me include JDRF, Diabetes Training Camp and Type One Run.

With all that said, I would give all my worldly possessions to talk to my father just one more time….Type One to Type NONE. THANK YOU!"