It is estimated that worldwide 1 in 11 people has diabetes. It is crucial that for the millions of people living with type 1 diabetes we provide reliable access to medicine and education and stress the importance of exercise as a management tool for diabetes. In August I will be cycling the Haute Route Pyrenees, a gruelling seven-day cycling event that includes a total of 780km and 19,000m of ascent. (I’m getting nervous just looking at those numbers!).
The difficulty faced by those with diabetes was highlighted to me when a past girlfriend's younger brother needed insulin shots. Growing up in Zimbabwe, a country with many, many problems with supply and demand, access to medicine was, shall we say, limited. His parents did everything they could to make sure he had that access and he went on to maintain an active lifestyle, managing his condition well! But I saw how stressful the whole situation could be for them. Some people aren’t so lucky.
The money raised will go directly to providing life-saving supplies to the developing world as well as funding college scholarships for athletes with type 1 diabetes. My goal is to raise $2,500 for Team Type 1 and any help would be greatly appreciated.