On June 18th, 2020, I had planned to be embarking on a southbound thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. I had chosen to hike this trail for a few reasons: personal growth, exploration, but most importantly, to inspire other people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to live their life on their own terms. Since my PCT thru-hike has been postponed, I decided to run a 47.8 mile ultra-marathon at Letchworth State Park. I have a detailed trip report on the "Trail Journal" page. If you feel inspired to donate to JDRF, an organization that improves lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications, please donate to fund the cure below. Thank you for your support!
Fund the Cure
Funding type 1 diabetes research is a natural choice for me. I have observed Dr. Basina in her endocrinology clinic specializing in diabetes, researched in Dr. Meyer’s immunology lab focusing on T1D research at Stanford University, and was a camp counselor at the T1D kids Camp de Los Niños. These experiences have encouraged me to do all that I can to fight for a cure for T1D.
I want to do all I can to give back to the T1D community. I will return to Dr. Meyer’s immunology laboratory to aid in the search for a cure. Then, in 2021, I will enroll in an MD program to eventually become an endocrinologist with a focus in diabetes mellitus.
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A Life Unconstrained
Five years ago, I was diagnosed with T1D. By that point in my life I had already cultivated a strong relationship with nature and outdoor sports. I had no intention of letting T1D limit me. Initially, it was extremely challenging to understand how T1D was going to fit into my lifestyle. I have chosen everyday since then to live a life unconstrained.
Discovering Nature's Beauty
I have always enjoyed being outdoors. Even more, I enjoy showing others nature's beauty. In high school, I started a surf club to show the ocean's beauty to anyone who would come with me. In college, I became a part of UC Santa Barbara's Adventure Program to take other students on adventures they would not soon forget.
The friends I made through UCSB Adventure Program have encouraged me to push myself and go further than I had ever imagined myself capable of. I became captivated with rock climbing, trail running, and ultralight backpacking.
Why the Pacific Crest Trail?
The best way to grow as a person is to challenge yourself. To venture beyond your comfort zone. What better way to challenge yourself than to embark on a 4 month trek from Canada to Mexico?
I first came upon the idea of thru-hiking the PCT three years ago. Ever since then, I have been preparing by completing smaller thru-hikes. It started with the California Riding and Hiking Trail through Joshua Tree National Park. After that trip, I started going backpacking every chance I had. In the two years since Joshua Tree I have backpacked 1,160 miles including thru-hikes of the Tahoe Rim Trail, Northville-Lake Placid Trail, and the John Muir Trail.
The PCT is calling my name.
A Dream Deferred
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have decided it would be irresponsible for myself to thru-hike the PCT at this time. I am heartbroken, but I've decided that I do not want there to be any chance that I might vector the virus from resupply town to resupply town. I still plan on hiking the PCT in the near future. In the meantime, I plan to go on shorter backpacking trips that are self-supported to avoid transmission of the virus to rural trail communities.
Letchworth State Park Ultra-marathon
While COVID-19 has caused me to postpone my plan to thru-hike the PCT, I still hope to inspire others living with T1D to live life on their own terms and fundraise for JDRF by running 46 miles continuously on several trails around our local state park, Letchworth. It will be my first ultra-marathon.
A post trip report is available on the "Trail Journal" page.