When you have diabetes, your body is unable to produce insulin, or cannot properly use the insulin that it does produce. Without insulin, your body can’t regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. Too much blood sugar can lead to damage to your organs, blood vessels, and nerves.
Every year, Canadians participate in ‘Lace Up to End Diabetes,’ a virtual event where people walk each day to raise funds and awareness that supports education, support services, advocacy and funding diabetes research. This year is the most special yet, as it’s the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by the Canadian doctors Frederick Banting and Charles Best.
One participant in this event is Ron Sherman, Vice Principal of L.V. Rogers Secondary School. Every morning, he leaves his house by 5:30 in the morning and walks for 1.5 hours. In the evening, when he gets back from work, he sets out again for another 30 minutes to reach his daily count of 17,000 steps.
By the end of September, Sherman will have walked nearly 250 miles!
Sherman is walking for all of those with diabetes, especially his nephew, a senior in high school who has type 1 diabetes.
“He and my sister have needed to get up in the middle of the night, every night for his entire life, to check his blood sugar levels,” Sherman told Cranbrook Daily Townsman. “He was one of the first recipients of an insulin pump (recent technology that helps manage diabetes). And lots of students that I’ve had, it’s really affected their lives, and lots of other people, you don’t have to scratch very hard to find diabetes.”
Participants in the Lace Up to End Diabetes program log their time every day on their website, which shows a weekly leaderboard. During the week of September 20, Sherman was the national leader for the week, with five hours 33 minutes walked, and he continues to be in the top ten.
In addition to walking, Sherman is also raising money for the cause. So far, he has raised $1,350 of his $1,500 goal.Whizzco