It’s been 100 years since the discovery of insulin—the most notable Canadian medical breakthrough of the 20th century, which brought a miraculous change in life expectancy and quality of life for millions of people around the world. However, insulin is not a cure. It’s the starting line, not the finish line for diabetes.
We can’t wait another 100 years to End Diabetes, and Canada can’t afford to ignore the impact diabetes has on individuals, families, our healthcare system, and the economy.
Why we Lace Up
1 in 3 Canadians are affected by diabetes or prediabetes. Though it impacts so many of us, each of our experiences is unique. It’s important to remember that behind every statistic, there are human stories about life, love, and inspiration. What’s yours?
Share your story about why you Lace Up with us by tagging @DiabetesCanada and using #LaceUp10k.
I want to help raise funds to support the important work led by Diabetes Canada, but also to raise awareness of diabetes and hopefully inspire others —particularly in the research and clinical community to participate and give back to the diabetes community.
I was a student-athlete playing DI ice hockey when I started to show signs of diabetes. I went months without being taken seriously and as my list of symptoms grew, I became increasingly ill. The lack of knowledge surrounding diabetes is overwhelming and I want that to change.
Ainsley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 7 months 27 days old. We are Lacing Up in support of Ainsley and her lifelong journey with type 1 diabetes while fundraising to end diabetes. We are inspired by the strength our little girl has shown. She WILL move mountains!
How you can help
With your help, Diabetes Canada is stepping up to rally Canadians together. When you Lace Up to end diabetes, you join a movement of thousands of Canadians who are raising funds and awareness to end diabetes. Together we are leading the race to discover the next medical breakthrough.
The funds you raise through Lace Up to End Diabetes change lives every day. Programs like Lace Up helped Diabetes Canada invest more than $5.1 million in life-saving research last year alone.
Here’s a look at the difference you made in 2020:
Providing vital support
23,610 people accessed support through 1-800-BANTING, Diabetes Canada’s information services
Supporting healthcare providers
307,000 unique visitors accessed our world-class Clinical Practice Guidelines online
Advocating for access to life-changing devices
18,500 letters were sent to elected officials calling for coverage of Flash and Continuous Glucose Monitoring devices
Keeping youth connected
430+ children and youth with type 1 diabetes and their families attended Dose of D-Camps online