Diagnosed with type 1 in 2002, Sebastien Sasseville became the first Canadian with diabetes to summit Mount Everest in 2008. He then went on to complete four Ironman races. In November 2012, Sasseville competed in the Sahara Race, a 250 km ultra-marathon. In 2005, he took a group of teens with diabetes to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. In the summer of 2007, he lead a group of young adults with type 1 on a two-week trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. Sebastien will present the Closing Keynote for FFL 2015, sponsored by Animas.
INDYCAR driver Charlie Kimball is the first and only licensed driver with diabetes in the history of the sport to win a race. He will be a VIP Speaker and member of the faculty at the Friends for Life conference. Charlie is sponsored by Novo Nordisk through the Race with Insulin® program.
Kendall Simmons is a former NFL player with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. Kendall was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly before his second season. Kendall learned how to manage his diabetes and went on to play nearly ten years in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls. Kendall is sponsored by Novo Nordisk.
Will Cross is a world-class expedition leader and athlete. Raised in England until age 12, Cross has worked continually for more than 30 years to overcome challenges related to living with diabetes. On May 23, 2006, as part of the NovoLog® Peaks and Poles Challenge, Cross became the first American and first person with diabetes to climb the highest peak on each continent and trek to the North and South Poles.
Cross-country skier Kris Freeman was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19, just prior to competing in his first Winter Olympics. But that diagnosis did not stop him from chasing his dreams. Over time he learned to carefully manage his diabetes with the help of physicians, coaches, family, and friends. His journey with diabetes has now included participating in the last four Olympics and logging some of the best event finishes for a U.S. skier ever. When away from the sport, Kris visits diabetes summer camps on behalf of Lilly Diabetes to share his story.
Sierra Sandison, Miss Idaho 2014, made international headlines because of her decision to proudly wear her insulin pump while competing at Miss Idaho, and later, at Miss America. She posted a picture of herself and the pump during the swimsuit portion of the Miss Idaho Pageant. The photo quickly went viral, and helped Sierra launch the #showmeyourpump campaign, encouraging people with diabetes to post their own pictures, bravely showing off their insulin pumps, and other medical devices. Thousands of people with diabetes from the U.S., and in 35 other countries, shared images.
In 2004, while training for the 2010 Olympics, Sean Busby endured a complicated diagnosis of type 1. Considering leaving snowboarding all together, Sean was inspired by reading stories he found through JDRF's Children's Congress. He founded Riding On Insulin, a nonprofit, to honor all the kids who inspired him to keep living. In February 2014, Sean became the first person with T1D to backcountry snowboard all seven continents, and is one of the youngest men ever to accomplish this feat. Sean graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Health Promotion and Education, with an emphasis on diabetes.
In 1989, Douglas Cairns was a Royal Air Force jet pilot and instructor at the age of 25 when he was diagnosed with type 1diabetes, and consequently lost his flying career. In 2000 he regained the freedom to fly in the USA as a licensed private pilot, and then went on to complete Diabetes World Flight in 2003. Since 2003 Douglas has run Flying With Diabetes, a series of flying projects and Flying With Diabetes Day events to raise awareness of diabetes. Douglas is a co-founder of Pilots With Diabetes, an aviation policy advocacy group for pilots with insulin treated diabetes. Douglas is passionate about raising awareness of diabetes and gives regular talks to conferences and meetings, highlighting that diabetes need not limit the scope of people's dreams and ambitions.
Known as the most famous lips in the world, Natalie Irish has pioneered a painting technique of applying lipstick and kissing the canvas to create art. Diagnosed in 2000 at the age of 18, she has been living a life without limits and inspiring others through her creative spirit. Natalie has been featured at art shows around the world, including an appearance on the Conan O'Brien show showcasing her work and discussing her diabetes management. Stop by the Animas booth to leave your lip print on a work of art with Natalie Irish.
Diagnosed in 2007 at age 10, Chase Pelletier has never let diabetes slow him down. Chase competes in the F2000 open wheel racing series in Canada, and the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car-A racing series in the U.S. Chase is the reigning Canadian F1600 Super Series Champion, fastest lap record holder at Mid-Ohio in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car-B, and represented his country at the Formula Ford Festival in the UK in 2014. Stop by the Animas booth and take a spin in his racing simulator at FFL in Orlando!
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