Leaders

Chris Jarvis

Diagnosed as a kid, I didn’t have the type of support I needed with my diabetes, and would often feel alone in facing challenges related to T1D. Through trial and error, I managed to hone my skills as a rower, and went on to compete at thy Olympics and various world championships. I found that even at the highest level, most coaches and trainers didn’t understand diabetes, so I mostly self-managed while trying to educate others along the way.

Fast-forward 15 years, and now my “connection to T1D” spans this entire community! I love being able to provide the support to so many that I lacked in my early years. I’ve met so many incredible individuals and families, and yet still feel like we’re just cracking the surface of what ICD is capable of!

“The community, support, and passion we’ve seen from everyone who has been involved since day 1! Whether it’s an extreme adventure, a parent info session, or a Diabuddies school tour presentation, I’ve seen time and time again the impact these programs have on families who are used to feeling isolated and alone. Watching new participants interact with our ICD team make for some of my favourite moments, and make me proud to be the founder of this organization.”

“I also live with Celiac disease, which adds another layer of challenges to nutrition and T1D management. I’m lucky to have an incredible family and support system! My wife Angie and one year old daughter Stella are always looking out for me, and are now the main reason I’m motivated to keep my blood sugar stable.

Geoff Thornton-Trump

Canmore, AB

“I have been Type 1 for 41 years and using different pumps for 11 years.”

“ICD is very important for its role and focus on getting kids and young adults involved.  Very needed and important!”

“When I was diagnosed at age 9, I was told that I would more than likely be blind by the age of 30. I am now 50 and still have 20/20 vision.  I’ve always tried my best to beat the odds!”

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