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Information on research, events, activities, and news from the T1D community across Canada. 

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Making advocacy personal

Making advocacy personal

Type 1 diabetes advocate, Samir Dattani, wants to make one thing clear; advocacy isn’t just about talking to members of Parliament. It can come in any form, so long as personal stories are being shared.


The sky is the limit for MMA star and diabetes researcher living with T1D

The sky is the limit for MMA star and diabetes researcher living with T1D

Each time Dessi Zaharieva shares her story about life with type 1 diabetes (T1D) she not only leaves her audience inspired, but in awe. That is because the engaging 30-year-old with an indomitable spirit never let her condition impede her dreams of becoming a consummate academic in the field of diab...


Ask a Diabetes Nurse: Hannah Breadon

Ask a Diabetes Nurse: Hannah Breadon

Throughout my career as a Diabetes Nurse Educator I have been asked all kinds of questions from people living with type 1 diabetes and their families. I’ve taken this opportunity to answer the most common questions about type 1 diabetes management. Here are just a few of the ones I hear most f...


The necessary evolution of how we fund a cure

The necessary evolution of how we fund a cure

“Our Ride first started with 8 stationary bikes and 20 people.” Peter Oliver, one of the founders of the Oliver and Bonacini Restaurant Family and a passionate leader in the type 1 diabetes community, was there at the beginning.


How one tech professional is spending his 50th dia-versary riding 200 miles to raise funds for T1D research

How one tech professional is spending his 50th dia-versary riding 200 miles to raise funds for T1D research

This year marks Miguel Alvarez’s 50th year living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). To recognize his monumental dia-versary, his sights are set on conquering two century-ride (100 mile) cycling challenges hosted by JDRF. The Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF iRides are destination rides in c...


Hypoglycemia Prevention: Testing a disposable patch that facilitates insulin therapy

Hypoglycemia Prevention: Testing a disposable patch that facilitates insulin therapy

One of the greatest fears among many people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is insulin therapy-associated hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). 


Fighting for her freedom. Fighting for her insulin pump.

Fighting for her freedom. Fighting for her insulin pump.

24-year old Jessica Williams, a long-time JDRF volunteer turned JDRF staff member who has been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 14 years now, is focused on enjoying her life as much as she can. She credits the freedom she has to her insulin pump but keeping both has been a battle.


Committee recommends Disability Tax Credit for all with type 1 diabetes

Committee recommends Disability Tax Credit for all with type 1 diabetes

Last month, Canada’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) released their first annual report which amongst other recommendations, stated that all Canadians receiving life-sustaining therapy (eg. insulin) should qualify for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). When Kelsey Levandoski lea...


Learning about managing T1D by himself, this MMA fighter now works to improve awareness of the disease

Learning about managing T1D by himself, this MMA fighter now works to improve awareness of the disease

Shawn Wicks was an elite athlete who held his health in high-regard, trained vigorously, and competed as an MMA fighter training in Muay Thai kickboxing, but he felt something was off – his feet were always sore and he was exhausted all of the time. “I didn’t have the energy to ...


JDRF youth ambassador sets out to change the future of type 1 diabetes

JDRF youth ambassador sets out to change the future of type 1 diabetes

Meet Noah Silvaggio, an ambitious 16-year-old JDRF youth ambassador who was voted one of Manitoba’s Top 40 Young People to Watch in 2018 in the category of community activism and social affairs.


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