Living with type 1 diabetes can be tough at any age. Pro snowboarder Sean Busby knows that better than anyone else. He has been dealing with the disease since 2004. Later this month he will share his experience with others as part of a special event.
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About the Event
When Sean Busby was diagnosed with diabetes, he was just 19 years old and in the process of enjoying a successful pro snowboarding career. The initial ordeal inspired him to create a non-profit organization called Riding on Insulin, which he currently runs with his wife, Mollie.
Riding On Insulin hosts one-day snowboarding camps geared towards diabetic youths and their families. On March 10, 2012, one of those camps will be taking place at the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton, Mass. It is for diabetic children between the ages of 7 through 17 and their families. Participants will have an opportunity to ski and snowboard, meet with the pro snowboarder, and learn how to effectively manage their diabetes while on the slopes. Members from the American Diabetes Association are expected to be on hand to help answer questions. A networking session for the parents will also be a part of the event.
About the Organization
Riding on Insulin ski and snowboarding camps are held throughout the world each year. There are several more scheduled to take place in Canada and Colorado throughout March and April 2012. Those interested in attending one of the Riding on Insulin snowboarding camps should log on to the organization’s website. The organization has received prior sponsorship support from OmniPod, Medtronic, Accu-Check, Connected in Motion, and Animas.
About the Venue
The Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is located on Mountain Road in Princeton. It opens daily and features 22 trails with a vertical drop of 1,000 feet. The ski area’s roots stretch back to the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation Corps created the first ski trails. In addition to the skiing, the facility offers visitors access to a 38,000-square foot base lodge complete with a restaurant and a ski shop. Lift ticket prices vary throughout the season but tend to start at $10.
About the ADA
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) actively works to help those affected with diabetes, and it’s a good thing too given the statistics. It has been estimated that over 25 million Americans have diabetes. Those who are interested in learning about the disease should visit the association’s website. It is jam-packed with useful information, including links to community programs and volunteer opportunities.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports with her family and has traveled extensively.
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