Our first son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2001 at 2 years old. He was in a coma for three days. He was diagnosed 5 days after the birth of his sister. When she was born she had some medical complications. Our third child was born two years later. A year after that in 2005 our daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5. Five years later our youngest son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2010 at the age of 6 years old. Needless to say, we have often felt like we are barely keeping our heads above water.
About a year ago, through social media friends, I discovered Chris Jarvis’ not for profit charity I Challenge Diabetes. Our first event was indoor rock climbing in Toronto. The three kids all participated and loved the day.
Chris has an amazing way of connecting to children and youth. Perhaps it’s his way of understanding what it means to be a kid or young adult with type 1 diabetes. He is a wonderful role model and they are fascinated by his motivation and drive to excel, to push his physical abilities. Outside of I Challenge Diabetes my kids have continued to pursue sports, but if you ask my kids they will talk about Chris Jarvis and I Challenge Diabetes. They are real life experiences that just makes sense to them. He is truly a World Diabetes Hero!