Sahara, 28th October 2012

Fitness for fighting diabetes

DID YOU KNOW? Over 130,000 Australians have Type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is the most common chronic disease in children, and is more common than cancer and cystic fibrosis.
DID YOU KNOW? People with Type 1 diabetes face many serious long term health complications.
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong incurable disease, and without daily insulin injections people with Type 1 diabetes would die.
DID YOU KNOW? The cost to Australia of Type 1 diabetes is estimated to be $600m per annum.
DID YOU KNOW? Over 275 people a day are newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW? Nearly 1 million Australians have Type 2 diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW? The cost to Australia of diabetes is nearly $7billion per annum.
DID YOU KNOW? Over 60% of people with Type 2 diabetes can overcome it with fitness and healthy lifestyle.

The Born to Run Foundation and the Born to Run “5 Deserts” Team is determined to raise awareness and help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes, by running 250km as a team of 5, across 5 of the worlds harshest deserts to set multiple records.
Join us, as we follow our hearts, keep moving forward and never give up, in our race for a cure.

Their compelling journey, starting this year, is led by 51-year-old Greg Donovan, who has promised his son Stephen he will do what he can to help him after he was diagnosed aged 14 with the potentially fatal Type 1 Diabetes.

What he can do is run long distances as he proved in previous fundraising efforts – including running in the 2002 New York Marathon with a stress fracture to raise nearly $160,000 on behalf of his employer Aon, to help pay for the education of children whose parents were victims of the September 11 attacks.

The Born to Run Foundation looks forward to working with JDRF to help fund promising
Type 1 diabetes research projects, using the funds we raise.

There are twenty million people worldwide suffering from Type 1 diabetes, for which there is currently no cure - only ways to manage the symptoms.

Katie Goodhart is nine-years-old. Not one day since she was one has this little girl been able to drop her guard against a disease that can kill her in her sleep - Type 1 diabetes. Read More.

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