Pro snowboarder Sean Busby and ROI Partner with TypeZero Technologies and The Barbara Davis Center on Groundbreaking Clinical Trial
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Contact: Mollie Busby
Riding On Insulin
BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado — MARCH 22, 2016 - For pro backcountry snowboarder Sean
Busby, riding at Breckenridge for five days with a group of kids living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) represents two things: fun and freedom. Fun with others who are just like him… and constantly deal with insulin delivery and blood glucose management, through no fault of their own. And Freedom from daily life with T1D — a chronic autoimmune disease for which there is no cure… yet.
But this five-day program in April isn’t a normal camp. Rather, 16 camp attendees ages 10 to 17 will help researchers advance toward a cure for T1D with a one-of-a-kind Artificial Pancreas clinical trial at Breckenridge Resort.
The research study will be orchestrated by the Barbara Davis Center in Denver, Colorado, with Riding On Insulin, Busby’s international nonprofit, taking the lead on ski and snowboarding instruction for the campers.
University of Virginia (UVA) researchers have developed an AP system that automatically
monitors and controls blood-sugar levels in those with T1D, which affects 1.25 million Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
TypeZero Technologies is working on commercializing this groundbreaking device. The Barbara Davis Center works in collaboration with UVA and TypeZero to further test this system. Kids will ski and snowboard wearing the AP as part of this clinical trial — which is made possible by generous contributions from the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, and Katherine T. and Alan F. Fox.
“We are so honored to provide on-snow programming for this groundbreaking study,” said Mollie Busby, Sean’s wife and executive director of Riding On Insulin. “What an incredible opportunity for kids to be free of T1D for a week,” Busby added. “Combined with winter sports, it makes for the ultimate experience!”
Sean Busby and a team of eight coaches living with T1D will attend the week-long event and
snowboard along with the young trial participants. Busby is the first person with T1D to
backcountry snowboard all seven continents. He and wife, Mollie live in an off-the-grid yurt in Northwest Montana.
Riding On Insulin is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2004 and based in Whitefish, Montana.
With ski and snowboard programs across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, ROI empowers, activates, and connects the global diabetes community through shared experiences and action sports.