On October 26, 2013 I crossed the finish line of my first Sprint triathlon. It was amazing. It was hard. And I was hooked. Since that day in 2013, I have finished numerous triathlons, including Ironman CDA in 2015. But none of them are going to mean as much as doing the 2018 Ironman Santa Rosa. Not because it is going to be my last Ironman (REALLY!!!), but because I will be doing it for a great cause. To create awareness and raise funds for the American Diabetes Association.
As a kid, my Dad was always there on the sidelines cheering me on. Whether it was a great shot I made in a Basketball game or an error I made as Second Base, he was always there cheering me on. Those days as a kid have defined the man I have become today. The competitive nature. The no fail attitude. The desire to do what it takes to succeed. Without those days at Ortega Park, I would not have been taught the foundation of preparation. That practice was more important than the game. And because of that I have been very fortunate to have the life I have today.
Today, my Dad, can't walk. He gets up everyday knowing that there are challenges he will have to deal with that aren't going to change. Yet he continues to forge forward. He rarely complains about the cards he has been dealt. He continues to challenge himself to stand, walk and live. And for that I am very thankful. It is showing his grandchildren that just because things are tough you don't ever give up.
So what is diabetes. Simple put the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into the cells, it can cause two problems: Right away, your cells may be starved for energy and over time, high blood glucose levels may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart.
There are many complications that can be caused by Diabetes. Skin and eye issues, Neuropathy (nerve damage), foot, kidney diseaase, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed by proper diet and exercise.
I have read that sentence countless time, "There is no cure for diabetes". Why? We can help. First is by creating awareness. Get in front of it. Millions of people live with Diabetes. Here are some facts:
In the next 24 hours, over 130 people will develop kidney failure because of dibetes.
That's nearly 50,000 friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members every year.
Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050.
Every 19 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. That's more than 32,000 friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members in the next 7 days. WOW!!!
1 in 11 Americans have it.
1 in 4 adults who have it don't now it
1 in 3 adults are at risk of developing it.
It is diabetes.
We can help. Let's make a difference. I guarantee someone you know has Diabetes. I am going to go 140.6 miles on May 12, 2018. Swim 2.4 miles, Ride 112 miles and Run 26.2 miles. It will be hard, but my Dad gets up everyday, and that is hard.