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Contact: Dustin Askim
Riding On Insulin Program Coordinator
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Riding On Insulin will have a special volunteer when hosting its biggest-ever Oregon camp February 27, 2016 at Timberline Lodge & Ski Area.
Miss Idaho 2014, author and Type 1 Diabetes advocate Sierra Sandison will attend the camp as a snowboard volunteer and speak at ROI’s evening banquet at Timberline Lodge.
“My two favorite things in the world are hitting the slopes, and being surrounding by other awesome people living with T1D!” Sandison said. “I can’t wait to combine the two at Riding on Insulin! Being at diabetes camp always means the world to me because it is the one place I can feel normal: being able to just live life, without having to be different or constantly be answering questions, ‘Can you eat that?’. See you soon, Portland!”
Nearly fifty kids are expected to attend the camp and learn the sport from experienced volunteers and coaches. ROI’s founder, professional snowboarder Sean Busby, will also attend the Timberline camp.
Sandison, who competed for Miss America in 2014, was diagnosed with T1D when she was 18 years old. Only three years after being diagnosed, Sandison launched the viral #showmeyourpump campaign, which encourages T1Ds to show off their insulin pumps on social media. She’s appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America and other national media platforms spreading awareness.
Sandison now speaks at schools, diabetes conferences and other events around the country, spreading her message about overcoming adversity, and loving the things that make you unique, rather than being ashamed of being different.
ROI hosts one-day camps in three countries and ten states, giving kids and teens battling a chronic disease the opportunity to learn a new sport and better manage their diabetes.
Altitude, weather and physical activity can dramatically influence blood sugar levels, so winter sports can be especially challenging with T1D. That’s why ROI has capable volunteers and an Elite Coaches team full of inspiring adults living actively with T1D to teach campers the sport
Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects 1.25 million Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In those with T1D, the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone necessary for survival and getting energy from food. Between only 5-10 percent of all diabetes cases in the United States are Type 1, according to the JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
Riding On Insulin is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2004, based in Whitefish, Montana. With ski and snowboard programs across the United States, Canada and New Zealand, ROI empowers, activates and connects the global diabetes community through shared experience and action sports. In addition to establishing a comfortable environment, the organization strives to help families explore new passions, challenge T1D, and celebrate each other’s successes. For more, visit http://RidingOnInsulin.org