Hello Athlete… Competitor… Iron Person… Runner… Biker… Swimmer… Game-Changer… and also, Person With Diabetes.
It has not slipped past me that we are entering the height of activity season in North America and Europe. Many of you are out there working hard every day to get ready for a big event: A 5k run, a long ride, a triathlon, or something else you’ve been wanting to participate in since there was frost on the ground.
Maybe the most inspirational athlete you know is the one close to you who is living with diabetes, and their story is worth celebration and reward.
That’s where this medal comes in:
We’ve given away 27 of these babies to Champion Athletes With Diabetes who reach their athletic goals while dragging along diabetes at the same time. D-Athletes are special, from Ryan Reed, winner of the XFinity series NASCAR race at Daytona this year, to Bob Parant, who made it 65 miles after losing part of his leg, to Janie in Ohio, who completed her first 5k last year after more than 40 years with Type 1.
And trust me when I say, all of our Champion Athletes With Diabetes have stories that are just as inspirational.
Are you next? Is your loved one or family member next? Don’t forget about us when you or that special one reaches the finish line. There are four things that will get you the medal:
1. The athlete receiving the award must be living with diabetes.
2. The athletic event must have taken place in the last six months. For now, we’re going with a pretty loose interpretation of the word “event”. If you feel you’ve accomplished something important to you, that’s an event. ‘Nuf said. I’m also semi-flexible on the dates. In other words, don’t stress over this part.
3. Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell me your name, name of the athlete (it’s okay if it’s you), and your address (gotta know where to send the medal). Most important, tell me what athletic goal was accomplished, and when. Extra points if you tell me how you felt accomplishing the goal. Full disclosure: I reserve the right to use your testimonial here, on Twitter, and on Facebook. I will not use your name if you don’t want me to. As always, I will never share private information.
4. When you receive your medal, it would be great if you post a photo of it around the athlete’s neck. You can send a Tweet to @ChampsWithD (hashtag: #champdathletes) or post it on the Champion Athletes With Diabetes Facebook Page.
I think D-Athletes are amazing. If it’s a big deal to you, it’s a big deal to me too. I want to support you, or support the Athlete With Diabetes in your life.
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