Team Joslin Running Marathon in Boston with High Hopes for Diabetes Cure
13 Runners Supporting Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund
BOSTON – April 14, 2008 -- Running a marathon takes skill, dedication and tremendous athleticism. This year, 13 motivated individuals will hit the ground running on April 21 as part of Team Joslin in the Boston Marathon. They will make the trek from Hopkinton to Boston in support of the Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund which supports the Center's efforts to improve the lives of people with diabetes through care, education and research, and to prevent and cure the disease.
For the second consecutive year, Ironman Triathlete Jay Hewitt will lead Team Joslin through the 26.2-mile course. Hewitt, who has had type 1 diabetes for 17 years, competes professionally in Ironman triathlons as a member of the U.S. National Team for Long Course Triathlon. His role as the captain of Team Joslin helps spread awareness about Joslin’s vision of a world without diabetes and the importance of overcoming obstacles to achieve one’s goals.
“I am honored to be the captain of Team Joslin for the second year in a row and hope to continue to show people that diabetes should not be an obstacle, but rather a point of strength and motivation toward achieving your goals. Diabetes has not stopped me from competing, in fact, it’s made me a better competitor,” said Hewitt, of Greenville, SC.
While members of Team Joslin are running for many reasons, one reason stands above the rest – their connection to diabetes.
David McGlone of Medfield, MA, cites the care and support his 11 year-old daughter receives at Joslin as his motivation.
“Running a marathon is a perfect metaphor for the care of a child with diabetes. It’s a commitment to a long run and not one step of it can be ignored,” said McGlone. “Running for Team Joslin symbolizes what my family has gone through and the road ahead, but our commitment is to finish strong.”
For Ryan Phillips of Winfield, IL, Joslin’s mission to improve the lives of people with diabetes is meaningful to him personally. Phillips, who also has type 1 diabetes, recently completed the Florida Ironman as part of Team Joslin and will now run his first marathon.
“As a person with diabetes, I know how vital the work Joslin does is. I believe strongly in this cause and even more strongly that Joslin will be the home of the cure to this disease,” said Phillips. “But, as an endurance athlete, I, like Jay Hewitt, want people to understand that even though living with diabetes is challenging, it doesn’t have to hold you back.”
In addition to Hewitt and Phillips, two other members of Team Joslin have type 1 diabetes and have been working with their physicians and professional trainers to prepare them for a successful run. Coaching and training was offered to the team by Steve Satin of Satin Fitness in Mashpee, MA who was available to develop running and strength training programs to ensure the runners are in top form on race day.
Thanks to John Hancock, Joslin secured five entries, with all proceeds to benefit diabetes research, education and care at Joslin Diabetes Center.
In addition to Hewitt, McGlone, Phillips and Satin, members of Team Joslin include: Jobel Belleza of Winthrop, MA; Jaclyn DesRosier of Acton, MA; Katelin Garland of Weymouth, MA; Dan Morrissey of Chicago, IL; Shawn McCarthy of Salem, MA; Bhavna Sharma-Lewis of Bartlett, IL; Paolo Silva, M.D., of Boston, MA; Richard Turcott of Westford, MA; and Alana Van der Mude of Brighton, MA. For more information about each of these runners, click here to visit their individual fundraising pages.
About Joslin Diabetes Center
Joslin Diabetes Center is the world’s largest diabetes clinic, diabetes research center and provider of diabetes education. Joslin is dedicated to ensuring people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real hope and progress toward diabetes prevention and a cure for the disease. Founded in 1898 by Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., Joslin is an independent nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School. For more information on Joslin, call 1-800-JOSLIN-1 or visit http://www.joslin.org/.