Inspiring People with T1D

Michael Shelver and Patrick Mertes- Project 50-in-50

Patrick and Michael are two outdoorsmen with type 1 diabetes (T1D) that aim to prove that, “with proper planning, absolutely anything is possible with diabetes.” Project 50-in-50 has encouraged me to go through with my plans to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail.

Team Novo Nordisk

World's first professional cycling team that trains and races with T1D.  Their mission is to inspire, educate and empower people affected by diabetes.

"Diabetes doesn't define me but what I do with it does!" -Sam Brand
"Diabetes can seem like a huge challenge to tackle. Instead of focusing on the whole mountain, simply pay attention to putting one foot in front of the other.” -Fabio Calabria
"Make diabetes adapt to you. Don't change your entire life to adapt to diabetes." -David Lozano

Kyle Cochran, American Ninja Warrior

"When we stop seeing obstacles as burdens getting in the way of our dreams, and instead, see them as what makes us strong enough to get to those dreams, everything changes. That is the key. So, you have an opportunity with that to change the lives of people around you by changing the way you see diabetes. When people see that you are growing and becoming better because of the difficult parts of life, they are inspired by that. And, that opportunity to inspire them is never in the easy part in life. It's in the storms you go through and the heavy packs that you carry. It's in the tough parts of life that make us stronger and that is what inspires people. Obstacles make us stronger, not weaker." Kyle Cochran


McKenzie Flood Vuckovich, Soccer Athlete at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

McKenzie received a full scholarship to play soccer at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo before she was diagnosed with T1D.  Her building poster is an honor to her dedication to her sport and preventing her diagnosis from getting in the way of her dreams.  McKenzie, #4, played first string all four years and graduated Cal Poly this past year.  You can see her building poster on Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo, CA.