Athletic Achievement Award – $5000
St. Paul, MN
Scott is a self-proclaimed “average everyday guy wrestling with type 1 diabetes and finding a way to stay active.” Recently, he completed a 102-mile bike ride and continues to play basketball every day to keep his diabetes under control. Scott is an internationally recognized diabetes advocate.
Paula and Lew Harper Collegiate Scholarship – $1,000
“When I first joined my high school’s Ultimate Frisbee team I was not concerned about not knowing how to throw nor the rules of the game. I was concerned about my blood sugar; whether I would drop during a pre-season run or during a game. My body wasn’t used to the exertion of sprints and drills and I was unaware of how my diabetes would react. The first run of pre-season I stuffed the pockets of my jacket with glucose tabs, which, by the last mile of my run had been crushed to powder, leaving a trail of glucose dust behind me as I ran. Though I’d have been prepared had I gone low, I didn’t and a bit of my anxiety subsided as I emptied my pockets that evening. For the practices that followed, I experimented with disconnecting, setting temporary basal rates and snacking ahead of time. Occasionally I’d end practice at 54 and other times I’d leave feeling nauseous and sick at 450. But when I tested in the car before driving home and was in normal range, I celebrated. Throughout that first season on the team I discovered my disease’s tendencies and patterns. I tested my limits; I pushed myself and discovered what being an athlete truly meant. And slowly the fear and anxiety that had dictated my game at the beginning of the season was replaced with confidence in myself and love for my team and the game that I was playing.
The equilibrium that is so essential to being an athlete with diabetes is something I have yet to achieve. However, with every practice and game I learn more about myself, the game of Ultimate and I get a little closer to reaching that elusive balance.”
Flora’s high school GPA was 4.283
Flora will be continuing her education and playing ultimate frisbee at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.
Dr. Nathaniel Heintzman Type 3 of the Year Award
Vanessa was nominated, in secret, by her ten-year-old son Brian.
“I had diabetes since I was 2. My mom her name is Vanessa. She doesn’t work anymore to take care of me because I am sick a lot. Also she tells me over and over to check my sugar. Mom annoys me because I try to say I did shots when I didn’t, she can tell. Mom encourages me to go to school and play Pony League Baseball. Mom pawned her jewelry for me to play baseball. I went when my blood sugars were bad also. I was in the 30′s one game, and HIGH. Our team, the Orioles, lost every game this season. Mom is very good at educating people about my Diabetes. We go to the JDRF walks together. Also she made a webpage to fundraise to get me a Diabetic Alert service dog. His name is Charlie. She talks to everyone about how much a service dog will help me and everyone with diabetes. If you pick my Mom she would deserve to get an award.”
Vanessa was selected for going the extra mile to make it possible for Brian to be active with diabetes, and for spreading awareness for diabetes through multiple campaigns.
Return with Honor Award
Steve Meo has represented Insulindependence as a Captain and served as a leader in the Philadelphia area by organizing Dawn Phenom events and a successful symposium for members of the diabetes community prior to the Philadelphia Race Weekend. Steve raced over 100 miles in an Insulindependence jersey in just one year, attending two Ragnar Relays, the Philadelphia Race Weekend, and the Carlsbad Race Weekend. Every vacation day Steve took off from work in 2012 and 2013, was in order to participate in IN events. Steve flew to the awards show directly from the Testing Limits Club Signature Event, where he spent 6 days on the Missouri River with IN’s Junior Captains.
Cure Jesse Award
Dr. Theresa Cho
Since 2009, Dr. Cho has devoted her professional life to the care of people living with diabetes. She founded and became director of the Ventura County Diabetes Center delivering multidisciplinary innovative diabetes care to the poor, uninsured and underinsured people of Ventura County. Healthy, active lifestyle management is a focus of her multidisciplinary team approach. In 2011 she became the Director of Inpatient Diabetes Management for the two hospitals of the Ventura County Health Care Agency. She is called by physician house staff for all intravenous insulin drip orders twenty four hours a day seven days a week. This unlimited availability, to the community of physicians caring for the hospitalized members of the community with diabetes, is rare. She makes herself extraordinarily available because she is dedicated to teaching new physicians excellent diabetes management. Dr. Cho has received many excellence-in-teaching awards including the “Code Insulin “ award in 2011.
IN Champion Award
San Diego, CA
Profil Institute for Clinical Research, has been a financial supporter of Insulindependence since 2009 and over the past four years, Denon has gone above and beyond her call of duty as a representative of Profil–she has wholeheartedly embraced the Insulindependence mission as a volunteer, fundraiser, program participant and dear friend to everyone who is involved with the greater San Diego Diabetes community.
Denon’s passion for improving the lives of patients is remarkable. Her ability to ignite a room (or campsite) into positive action demonstrates her gifts as a respected leader.
Insulindependence is honored to call Denon our friend, and treasure her committment to the Insulindependence vision of reducing the burden of diabetes in the United States through physical activity and peer support.
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