Some people's talent you can't help but fangirl over...Beyoncé, Tom Brady, Ellen Degeneres...and scholarship finalist, Brandon Krzynefski. Watch the video (right) and you will immediately see why. He's incredible. In fact, he is a 7-time national power tumbling champion and a World Team bronze medalist. WOW.
With all the negative news headlines that inundate our day-to-day lives (think iPhone notifications, newspapers, radio, TV...the works), it's easy to forget the goodness of humanity. At this point, you may be laughing. Understandable. But it's out there. Really. Everywhere we go.
Inspiration to the T1D community and friend of the ESC Scholarship Program, Annalisa van den Bergh, has found this to be especially true on her thousand-mile bike journeys across America. She has the stories and friendships to prove it. Now, she's sharing it with others.
Diagnosed with T1D at the age of 13, Aidan Fernandez is about as well rounded as they come. Now 18, Aidan is graduating from Duncan U. Fletcher High School with above a 4.0 GPA. While maintaining his grades, he has lead the varsity baseball team, served as a counselor at the American Diabetes Association’s Camp JADA, coached youth sports, tutored students in math, and worked at the YMCA. Oh, did we mention he’s bilingual?
In short, Aidan is a force. He is an invaluable representative of the type 1 community and will undoubtedly add a great deal to the University of Florida, where he aspires to major in biomedical engineering...and one day become a pediatric endocrinologist.
Here, we share some of Aidan’s insights from his Every Step Counts Application. Congratulations, Aidan!
Tidepool is a powerful data collection and analysis tool. One that will change the way individuals with diabetes can integrate data and contribute that data to change the way we live with diabetes in the future. Exciting stuff.
I found out about Tidepool from Chris Snider at the JDRF TypeOneNation Research Summit-- he was representing Tidepool while I speaking on balancing sports and T1D management. Not only is Chris the Community Manager for Tidepool, but he also has T1D himself and hosts a podcast: Just Talking. I even got the opportunity to sit down with Chris and talk about med school, The Marathon We Live, running the Boston Marathon, and cheering for the Washington Capitals.
Here, Chris shares Tidepool's mission, uses, and future directions.
Seemingly out of the blue, Angela asked if I had interest in running Boston 2018 with an Abbott bib. No qualifying required. Just a heck of a lot of training and using the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system to help manage my glucose throughout. She also asked if I knew another T1D athlete who would be willing to do the program….a.k.a. do you have any other athletic, just-crazy-enough friends with T1D who would agree to run the Boston Marathon?
I immediately thought of Pat. He hadn’t run a marathon yet, but was determined and had done plenty of running around the soccer field. Wouldn’t hurt to ask…
Turns out, Pat had already been training for a half, but Boston was on his bucket list. He said he would think about it…which really didn’t take all too long. Pat was in.
He rose to the occasion and I couldn’t be happier to have him by my side (before passing me) at the Boston Marathon on April 16th. Here we sit down with Pat to get an idea of his training, balancing T1D, and what he’s most excited about for Boston 2018.
Erik and I only did one true training ride before cycling across the country on Adventure Cycling’s TransAmerica Trail. Around this time a year ago, we hopped on the Metro-North with a few friends from our type 1 diabetes Meetup group and headed to Peekskill, New York...
...Both of our blood sugars kept dropping and it seemed no amount of granola bars and gummy bears would keep our numbers stable.
You get it.