I received an e-mail last month from Janette Fernandez in Miami. The subject of the e-mail was:
My Little Champion
How can you not love a headline like that? I just knew this was going to be a good story. And it is.
Adrian was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just two years old. That was ten years ago. He recently turned 12, and his dedication to working out, staying fit, and achieving his athletic goals is very Champion-like. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve read about yet. In Janette’s words:
”He practiced TKD (Tae Kwon Do) for many years after his dx. Now that he is in middle school he found out that he loves running. He participated on the XC (Cross Country) team for his school. He is not the fastest kid for sure, but he works really hard to be better every day. He also does Crossfit, and he comes to work out every day with me at 6 am. He is committed to be strong and there is not one day where he ever put D as an excuse.”
Last November, Adrian completed his local Battlefrog Series event (look it up) at historic Virginia Key Beach Park, where he participated twice (twice!) in a race with 27 obstacles. Oh yeah, he’s a tough guy all right. Tae Kwon Do? Cross Country? Crossfit workouts at six in the morning? I’d settle for half of Adrian’s accomplishments to date.
Way to go, Adrian. You’ve got the body, heart, and soul of a Champion Athlete With Diabetes.
Okay, that’s three so far this week… and there are still three more to tell you about. Want to add your name to the list? If you’re achieving athletic goals while living with diabetes, or someone close to you fits that description, click here to find out how to get your medal minted today.