Team Type 1’s Southerland to Talk at Joslin
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Phil Southerland, founder of the famed Team Type 1 of competitive cyclists, will give a public talk at Joslin on the evening of September 15, launching the annual Joslin Diabetes Roundtable.
Southerland was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was only seven months old, after losing more than half his body weight. Doctors told his mother that he would lose his eyesight by the age of 20. Now 28, Southerland is reading, riding and keeping his diabetes under control with diet, exercise and a carefully managed insulin regime.
He founded Team Type 1 in 2004. The organization has grown to 94 members, with 70 athletes (40 with type 1 diabetes, 18 with type 2 diabetes and the rest riding to prevent diabetes). Southerland has great aspirations for Team Type 1 and hopes to earn his team a spot in the Tour de France by 2012.
His talk will be a keynote for the Joslin Diabetes Roundtable, which brings together a multidisciplinary group of thought leaders in diabetes to discuss key issues related to the challenges of diabetes care.
Admission is free to the talk, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in Joslin’s third-floor auditorium.
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