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Team Type 1 Foundation is working in Rwanda to improve the lives of people living with Type 1 Diabetes
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Team Type 1 Named the Official Charity of The Haute Route
For three consecutive years Team Type 1 has been the official charity of the Haute Route. The partnership has truly made an impact on Team Type 1 ‘s mission by bringing awareness to all the Haute Route riders that they can make a difference in the lives of people with type 1 diabetes in third world countries while they train for and ride the Haute Route.
In 2016 Team Type 1 had 32 cyclists use the Haute Route as a platform to save lives, provide hope, and inspire. The Team Type 1 Haute Route team raised over $284,000 which is $138,000 more than last year or a 160% increase. Within the group, 14 friends from all over the world that came together and formed Team Type 1 Pyrenees, raising $191,000!
Team Type 1 Pyrenees
Dudley Hoskin David Hoskin
Matt Mulcahy David Cosentino
Chris McLeod Paul Scott
Jerome Grilhot Alex Moulle-Berteaux
Eric Brenner Joe Wokcik
Geoffrey Crouse Paul Absalom
Top Five 2016 Haute Route Fundraisers
Besides the dollars raised we are also pleased to share that Team Type 1 had some impressive results in the Alps with Brooke Mead being the overall female with a 1st place Podium finish and Rob Woolley with an overall 22nd place finish and 6th place in his age group.
Over the past three years the Team Type 1 Haute Route riders have raised over $500,000 to help fund the Sustainable Diabetes Program in Rwanda. We are excited to announce that Team Type 1 has just signed a contract to be the official charity of the Haute Route for the next five years.
Please contact Dick Brown, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like information about participating in the Haute Route and the Haute Route Rockies.
YOUR ENTRY TO THE HAUTE ROUTE COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
For the fourth year in a row, our official charity partner will be Team Type 1 Foundation They fight to reduce the disparities in diabetes care around the world.
Building on the fundraising success of the last three years, we encourage every Haute Route rider to join the Team Type 1 team at Haute Route and to support their mission. Use your inspiring and hard work in the Pyrenees, Dolomites or Alps as a vehicle to raise money in support of Team Type 1 Foundation’s valuable work.
Charity riders will be entitled to number of unique benefits and fundraising incentives that could include a full reimbursement of your Haute Route entry fee and much more.
Team Type 1 Foundation charity rider status for the Haute Route Pyrenees, Alps and Swiss Alps/Dolomites and the new Haute Route Rockies. We have four levels, each with different benefits and fundraising incentives:
Haute Route Europe
Individual Member $1,900
Haute Route Rockies
Please email Dick Brown at email@example.com to find out all the benefit for each level.
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Diabetes advocate Phil Southerland launches foundation, scholarship program
Phil Southerland conquered diabetes, a disease he’d been diagnosed with as an infant, to become one of the country’s top cyclists by the time he graduated from high school.
What he couldn’t overcome was his lack of college savings.
“For 18 years of my life, my mom, on top of health insurance, had to pay $300 a month out-of-pocket to keep me alive and manage my condition,” Southerland said. “That was a lot of money that could have gone toward a college fund but instead went toward staying alive.”
So, he went looking for financial assistance and, “I couldn’t find a scholarship anywhere in the world,” Southerland recalled. “For me, it was frustrating not to have an opportunity because of a disease that’s hard to manage while you’re playing sports.”
He eventually went to the University of Georgia, where he “racked up a ton of student loan debt” before becoming a professional cyclist.
That experience drove Southerland, now, 31, to become a global diabetes advocate and the co-founder of the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team along with Joe Eldridge, a fellow diabetic who raced at Auburn.
On Thursday, coinciding with “World Diabetes Day,” Southerland launched the Team Type 1 Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to address disparities in diabetes care around the world.
The Foundation’s first U.S. initiative is a scholarship program for NCAA athletes with Type 1 diabetes. The program will award up to seven scholarships of $5,000 each to help student-athletes and their families offset the cost of diabetes care, he said.
“We’re looking to get a lot of young athletes and empower them to make a difference through sport and take some of the financial burden off their parents, who have invested so much already just for them to stay alive,” Southerland said.
Southerland’s wife, Dr. Biljana Southerland, is the architect of Macedonia’s national diabetes program, which covers the cost of insulin and glucose testing supplies for everyone there who has diabetes. The program will be used as a model for the foundation’s goal of helping developing countries establish sustainable diabetes care policies.
Team Type 1’s first global initiative is providing Rwanda with a year’s supply of test strips and glucose meters, Southerland said.
Southerland retired from professional racing in 2009 to become the CEO and co-founder of Team Novo Nordisk, a global sports organization home to more than 100 endurance athletes with diabetes, spearheaded by the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team.
Now competing as Team Novo Nordisk, the cycling team’s goal is to reach the Tour de France by 2021, the year which marks the 100th anniversary of the invention of insulin.
Although it’s a chronic condition, those affected by diabetes can lead healthy lives through a combination of nutrition, physical activity, blood glucose monitoring and medicine.
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Diabetes Advocate Phil Southerland Launches Team Type 1 Foundation to Address Global Disparities in Diabetes Care
Foundation to Award Scholarships for Collegiate Athletes with Type 1 Diabetes as First U.S. Initiative
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Phil Southerland, global diabetes advocate and founder of the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, is launching the Team Type 1 Foundation today, on World Diabetes Day. Pursuing a mission of education, empowerment and global access to medicine for everyone affected by diabetes, the Foundation will address disparities in diabetes care around the world through collaborative strategies that engage governments, health organizations, healthcare providers, diabetes educators and people with diabetes.
The Foundation’s first U.S. initiative is a scholarship program for collegiate athletes with type 1 diabetes who compete in an NCAA sport. In 2014, the program will award up to seven scholarships of $5,000 each to help student athletes and their families offset the cost of diabetes care, which can average an additional $300-$500 per month. Scholarship recipients will also be integrated into the Foundation’s educational platform as future diabetes ambassadors.
“The Team Type 1 Foundation exists because everyone with diabetes deserves the right to lead a healthy and productive life,” said Southerland. “In developing countries, that means changing healthcare policy to ensure everyone has access to the medicine and tools they need to survive and thrive. In the U.S. it means providing empowerment and inspiration to people with diabetes while also supporting student athletes who absorb the added financial burden of managing diabetes while going through college.”
Southerland is the Foundation’s President and Founder, while Dr. Biljana Southerland will serve as Program Director of Medical and Governmental Affairs. Dr. Southerland is a former advisor to the Macedonian Ministry of Health and the architect of Macedonia’s National Diabetes Program, one of the most progressive diabetes care policies in the world.
“More than 371 million people worldwide have diabetes and many are needlessly suffering from preventable complications or even death, simply because they do not have access to the medication or tools necessary to manage their condition,” said Dr. Southerland. “The Team Type 1 Foundation is dedicated to changing these statistics.”
Based in part on the success of the Macedonian program -- which fully covers the cost of insulin and glucose testing supplies for everyone in the country living with diabetes -- the Team Type 1 Foundation will largely focus on helping developing countries around the world scale the Macedonian model to establish sustainable diabetes care policy.
Starting in Rwanda, a country where seven out of eight people with diabetes die before they are even diagnosed, the Foundation is working with government and healthcare officials to build a long-term solution. This year, the Foundation is donating 1 million test strips and 900 blood glucose monitors, effectively providing a one-year supply for the entire Rwandan population of individuals with type 1 diabetes.View the Story Here