CONNECT.  CHALLENGE.  EXPLORE.

Creating opportunities for people with Type 1 Diabetes of all ages to overcome challenges and find support.

What We Do

I Challenge Diabetes fosters a community of people with Type 1 Diabetes who, through experiential education and adventure, provide each other with the skills and confidence to overcome the daily challenges and create a new expectation for what we can accomplish.

Who We Are

We are people with diabetes who want to live life to the fullest. We are parents who want to support our children to be their best. We are friends and health care providers who go above and beyond our call of duty to support people with diabetes.

The Birth of ICD

I Challenge Diabetes was founded by Chris Jarvis, a former Olympic rower who succeeded largely due to meeting another young T1D rower, Heather Van der Geest. Together they took on overcoming health challenges related to competing in rowing with diabetes at the top of the world. They both ended up competing for team Canada in Athens Greece and played a critical role in the birth of ICD.

While Rowing Canada had many supports – coaches, medical, family and friends – success came down to the leadership and chemistry amongst the athletes. I Challenge Diabetes endeavours to provide a similar experience for others, where the challenges of diabetes are supported by a team with strong leadership to excel in any activity or scenario in life. The team has grown to encompass a diverse group of people supporting much more than just athletic challenges and remains open to all ages.

Our Reach

The below numbers are taken from events facilitated by members of ICD’s team since 2011. Because of the depth of resources put into making deeper impacts in many organizations like ours, a standard calculation called “participant days” is used to fully account for multi-day programs.

631

events run

127

unique Canadian cities served

34621

program participants

42053

participant days served

Our Impact

100%
of surveyed participants found our programs
motivated them to live well with diabetes!

“I am so thankful for the people who I’ve met through ICD and the gifts each one has to contribute to the group. I literally learn so much on every trip whether it be how to make a fire, find a new pump site, learn about historical figures, how to cook awesome meals, or new songs to sing along the way! I always learn something new!”

Anna, Vancouver Island, BC

“I feel that it is vital for kids with Type 1 Diabetes to share these experiences with other kids with Type 1. Thank you to all of you who help participants understand the importance of exercise and diabetes management…”

Nicole, Parent of a T1D, Canmore’s Exercise and Excellence, AB

“When I asked Ben what the best thing about the camp was, he said it was that he was the same as everyone else. He said he found his place and that was the best thing for me to hear and what I had really hoped for him with this retreat!!! I can understand how ICD would be a passion project and we are so thankful that it exists!”  

Bruce and Audrey, Gatineau ,QB

“I just love the days following an ICD trip. My daughter is bubbly and positive and full of very, very, very cute stories… but it’s the laughter and meaningful personal connections that really fill her soul. Your guidance is rubbing off on her, today she told me how much she wants to look after herself and make healthy choices – and that’s just huge.”

 

Darlene, Gatineau,QB

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