U.S. Ironman Jay Hewitt Competes to Defeat Diabetes
Hewitt, Captain of Team Joslin, will wear Joslin Diabetes Center's High Hopes Fund Logo During Competition
BOSTON – August 23, 2007– When Jay Hewitt was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 24, he chose to challenge himself by competing in one of the most challenging events in the sporting world – the Ironman Triathlon. Not only has Hewitt achieved his goal of finishing an Ironman, but he has crossed the finish line 13 times, proving to people with diabetes everywhere that diabetes has not stopped him from achieving – and surpassing – his goals.
This Sunday, Aug. 26, Hewitt will compete in his 14th Ironman competition in Louisville, a 140.6-mile course that starts with a 2.4-mile swim in the Ohio River, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, and ends with a 26.2-mile run. Hewitt, who is the Captain of Team Joslin, will be sporting Joslin Diabetes Center's High Hopes Fund logo on his United States team jersey in support of Joslin's fight against diabetes. Hewitt will also give a motivational speech, sponsored by Nutrisoda™, for people with diabetes on Friday, Aug. 24 at 6:00 p.m. EDT at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, KY.
"As the Captain of Team Joslin, I hope to inspire both children and adults with diabetes to look at life's obstacles as opportunities to challenge themselves – mentally and physically – and reach levels they never thought possible. Having diabetes has taught me that I can achieve any goal that I set because I am determined, and diabetes will not stop me" said Hewitt. The philanthropic efforts of Team Joslin benefit Joslin Diabetes Center's High Hopes Fund, which supports the Center's efforts to improve the lives of people with diabetes and to prevent and cure the disease.
Hewitt's role as the Captain of Team Joslin is to help spread awareness about Joslin's vision of a world without diabetes and the importance of overcoming obstacles to achieve one's goals. Hewitt ran on behalf of Team Joslin in this past year's Boston Marathon, and also trained kids with diabetes at Camp Joslin this past summer in a first annual swim/run biathlon. He competes around the world as an elite Ironman triathlete and as a member of the U.S. National Team for Long Course Triathlon. Hewitt is also an attorney practicing business litigation, as well as a motivational speaker both within and outside of the diabetes community.
Hewitt will also attend Joslin's "Newport Under the Stars" fundraising event with his new bride Miss United States 2005 Anna Hanks Hewitt on September 18 & 19, 2007, in scenic Newport, RI. For more information about the event, click here: http://www.newportunderthestars.com/.
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