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Team Type 1 Foundation is improving the lives of people living with type 1 diabetes in Rwanda.  Watch the inspiring TT1 Rwanda documentary here.

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
Mark Kenway

Top Five 2016 Haute Route Fundraisers
Dudley Hoskin

Matt Mulcahy

EJ Harpham

Stephen Dickinson

Chris McLeod

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 If you would like information about participating in the Haute Route and the Haute Route Rockies.  


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
Club                              $2,500
Peloton                         $5,500
Executive                    $11,900

Haute Route Rockies

Individual                     $1,900
Club                              $3,500
Peloton                         $6,300
Executive                    $13,900

Please email Dick Brown at to find out all the benefit for each level.

Make sure you check out the video below!!!

Haute Route -- Joe's Story


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.

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Tour of Rwanda

The Tour of Rwanda is one of the most grueling cycling races on the African continent, covering almost 900 kilometers over difficult, mountainous terrain. For the past four years, the Team Type 1 Foundation has been participating by sending athletes with type 1 diabetes to compete; and not only are the athletes competing, but winning. Racing as Team Type 1, a squad of athletes comprised mostly of athletes with type 1 diabetes, won the Tour of Rwanda in both 2009 and 2010. In 2011, they won 5 stages and in 2012, took second place. The purpose of supporting the Tour of Rwanda and sending athletes with type 1 diabetes to compete is to raise public and government awareness of diabetes and spread hope to people with diabetes in a country where there has traditionally been little. The Foundation also brings hundreds of team jerseys to Rwanda in addition to diabetes testing supplies including blood glucose monitors and test strips to help children with type 1 diabetes in Rwanda Today, in partnership with the Rwandan Diabetes Association (RDA), the Team Type 1 Foundation supports 770 children living with Type 1 Diabetes in 

Spirits are High

While spirits are high around the competition aspect of the Tour, the impact of the Foundation’s presence off the bike is even more telling. The hope felt when Founder Phil Southerland and his wife Dr. Biljana Southerland interact with children with type 1 diabetes is evident, even in those children already suffering from diabetes complications. Mrs. Southerland was able to share the Macedonian model with the Permanent Secretary of the Rwandan Ministry of Health, demonstrating the dramatic shift that occurs when people with diabetes get the tools they need to prevent the horrific complications associated with diabetes. Change in government policy is the only way to sustainably change their lives. The Foundation hopes to give children with diabetes the quality life they truly deserve. Representatives from the Ministry of Health indicated that the number of people with type 1 diabetes has increased by over 85 per cent in the last two years. Last year alone, the Rwandan Diabetes Association and the Ministry of Health diagnosed over 200 people with diabetes during a screening event held in conjunction with Team Type 1’s visit to Rwanda.

Justin Morris From Australia

Justin rider, an athlete with diabetes from Australia earned a 10th place in the time trial. Justin says “even though competing with a blood glucose level that was above what I would have liked it to be, I was happy with my result.”

High School Runner Gets Back in the Race

Concerned mother Yvette Ferenick was desperate for some advice for her son Brandon, a fifteen-year-old cross country runner who was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. After being diagnosed, Brandon wrestled with severe ketoacidosis (a life-threatening complication stemming from a shortage of insulin) and spent several days in the Pediatric ICU. The once powerful athlete's weight dropped as low as 109 lbs, and his future as a runner seemed grim. Brandon refused to give up, however, and soon, he was back running; but he struggled to adjust to living with type 1 as a teenager and an athlete. In July, Brandon was asked to join the cross country team for an upcoming trip to Mammoth, CA, and Yvette reached out, hoping the athletes of the former Team Type 1 could offer Brandon some much needed inspiration. Type 1 runner and Olympic Trial competitor Tommy Neal received Yvette’s message and was eager to help Brandon. He offered an abundance of advice and encouragement to get Brandon through the difficult altitude training Mammoth. Taking Tommy’s advice to heart, Brandon began preparing for Mammoth, and on August 24, Yvette wrote back to tell us: “I am so excited to share this with you. Thanks to your great advice and the encouragement of family and friends, Brandon had a very successful training in Mammoth!” “We have been on quite a journey since January,” she wrote, “but I am ridiculously proud of my son and the way he has overcome the challenges that have been set before him. Who would have thought that this is the young man who lay in the Pediatric ICU this past January, suffering from severe diabetic Ketoacidosis and finding out that he had Type 1 diabetes? He is now a rock solid 150lbs and is expected to make the Varsity team in Cross Country as a sophomore. He refuses to allow diabetes to control him!” Way to go, Brandon, and welcome to the team!

Francois Gishoma- President of Rwanda Diabetes Association

“Before the Team Type 1 Foundation, these children came into our office day after day. We would tell them that they would be ok, but they looked at us as liars, as each person they had ever known with diabetes had died a miserable death from diabetes. But after seeing athletes with diabetes compete in the Tour of Rwanda, for the first time, we saw hope in their eyes. These athletes have shown them that not only can they survive, but they can live great lives. Thank you, you have changed many lives.” Nduwayezu Pascal Agnes IDF Young Leader from Rwanda. “Before, my friends, family, and the entire public thought I would die an early death because of diabetes. But after you came, and created such awareness, my friends, family, and the entire country of Rwanda now believe I will be a great champion because of my disease. Thank you Phil, you changed the way my entire country views this disease.”