Participating in the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes – the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) signature fundraising event – is a personal motivation for Michael, a TELUS team member in Burnaby.
Michael has two sons with type 1 diabetes, something quite rare. Now a teenager, Nicholas was just 18 months old when diagnosed, which Michael describes as a surreal experience. When his eldest son Tim began experiencing persistent flu-like symptoms five years ago, they tested his blood sugar levels and an early diagnosis was confirmed by a medical test.
“It’s a feeling where we understand this is a day for our children, and the hundreds of thousands of others impacted by the disease, and where we realize that we are all united in a cause, and that’s to find a cure.”
TELUS team member
Michael says when he and his family learned about the JDRF community they suddenly felt not so alone. They discovered the progress that has already been made in battling diabetes and the very real possibility that it is curable disease.
Participating in the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes is how Michael gives where he lives. Where he oftentimes feels helpless that he can’t do more to alleviate his sons’ illness, at the walk, Michael feels he is contributing directly to the fight against diabetes and making a difference.
“When we get to walk day and we’re surrounded by thousands of supporters and TELUS team members it’s a fantastic feeling,” says Michael.