Meet some of our Walk ambassadors; they have worked diligently to encourage Walk participants to raise much-needed funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
"I’ve been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) since I was 12, but it never stopped me from pursuing my dream of becoming an NHL player. I’ve had to make lifestyle changes in order to balance my career and my diabetes, and no, it has not always been easy. I want a cure for T1D, so that people don’t have to fight this disease while chasing their dreams. This is why I’m so excited to partner with JDRF Canada and help raise funds for T1D research. We’re closer than ever to finding a cure. Join me at the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF."
"I was diagnosed in 1999, just before I turned 18. Being diagnosed at that age found me fall in a gap between paediatric and adult care; I went nearly two decades before connecting with other people living with type 1 diabetes (despite Banting being my cousin!). In 2019, I participated in my first Walk in London, ON with my son, and several friends, in my 20th year with type 1. It was a beautiful experience to see such a strong community walking and supporting loved ones with T1D. Raising funds allowed me to raise awareness too. Today, this community means everything to me, most importantly, it means I no longer feel alone."
"Since my diagnostic in February 2013, I have been walking for a cure with my wonderful team. The Walk is a fun event to spend with my family and friends and to raise money and awareness for type 1 diabetes. Every year, it gives me hope that this disease will be cured, and no one will have to go through it again. Come and join us to end type 1 diabetes!"
"Between my Bachelor of Arts degree, learning to manage my newly diagnosed daughter’s type 1 diabetes (T1D), and keeping up with my kids’ sports and school, things were rough at times, but we seemed to make it work. As soon as we fell into a routine, my other daughter was diagnosed with T1D, just 2 months after her little sister."
"Now my eldest daughter has been diagnosed as well. Three kids with T1D is overwhelming and challenging, but I’m grateful for organizations like JDRF that fund type 1 diabetes research and spread awareness about this scary, time-consuming disease that is manageable but can be very difficult to deal with."