Help put a wind at Mike’s back
35 years ago, my life changed abruptly when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It was quite a shock to this distance runner, avid tennis player, and corporate executive. I had no idea that my daily life was about to change forever. Learning to give myself life-sustaining insulin injections many times a day, plus round-the-clock monitoring of food intake and blood sugar levels, was a big adjustment.
I’m proud to report that despite significant obstacles along the way, I remain physically active and in good health. Diabetes is part of my daily life, but it doesn’t control my life.
There are more than 11 million Canadians living with various types of diabetes and prediabetes. That’s 1 in 3 people in this country. I am committed to helping to make their lives with diabetes easier. I am proud to have sat on on the national boards of Diabetes Canada, The National Diabetes Trust, and the National Advocacy Council where I served as Vice Chair. In 2004, I completed the Rome Marathon as a fundraiser for Team Diabetes, and in 2014 I was recognized as the Diabetes Canada National Volunteer of the Year.
Why this matters…
Once again, I am motived to raise funds for Diabetes Canada. Diabetes Canada plays a key role in funding research, advocating for access to care, and providing support programs for children and their families living with diabetes in Canada.
Unfortunately, cases of diabetes and prediabetes are on the rise. More funding is needed to curb this trend and support the growing number of Canadians living with this disease.
I am living proof that the dollars invested in diabetes research makes a huge difference. There have been so many advancements in the past few decades that make it much easier to manage day-to-day life with diabetes. Those advancements need research, and research needs funding.
I have taken up the challenge to cycle 500 kilometres on my bike this September as a fundraiser for Diabetes Canada. That’s 10 x 50km rides in a month!
Diabetes will touch either you or a loved one at some point in your life, and I hope you’ll consider supporting me in my rides. No amount is too small. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to Diabetes Canada, and will really help put a wind at my back.