Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) didn't stop this athlete from completing a 250-km footrace across the Sahara Desert in support of JDRF
Quebec, November 12, 2012 – Sébastien Sasseville, who lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D), successfully completed a 250-km footrace across the Sahara desert, finishing 21st out of 134 runners.
For Sasseville, the race provided an opportunity to foster diabetes awareness in support of JDRF as part of Diabetes Awareness Month which takes place each November.
Held from October 28 to November 3, the Sahara Race is a fully self-supported extreme marathon covering 250 km. Runners complete one marathon per day over four consecutive days. The race reaches its peak on the fifth day with a double marathon. Time Magazine has described the Sahara Race as one of the world’s ten most difficult endurance challenges. This year, temperatures rose to over 40 degrees Celsius.
Due to the demanding nature of the challenge, Sébastien lost 14 pounds (6.35 kilograms) and drank 60 liters of water. During the race, 18 participants dropped out.
By taking part in the Sahara Race, Sasseville, a Quebec City resident, wanted to send a message of hope and inspiration: “The race was very demanding, both physically and mentally. Managing my diabetes was a constant challenge. Now that I have completed the race, I am more than ever convinced that diabetes, although it can be very serious, is not a barrier to living a full life. We can transform obstacles into catalysts, making our boldest dreams come true.”
Sasseville is running in support of JDRF and its mission to cure, better treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D). Sasseville invites all Canadians to support his race by visiting www.jdrf.ca to learn more about T1D and to make a donation.
In 2008, Sasseville became the first Canadian living with T1D to successfully climb Mount Everest. He has also participated in four Ironman competitions, including the August 2012 Mont-Tremblant competition in Quebec.
November is Diabetes Month
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day. In Canada, over 3 million people live with diabetes, including 300,000 people living with T1D. Visit facebook.com/wddcanada for more information.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
Since its founding in 1970 (1974 in Canada), JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion (US) to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.
For information or to schedule an interview with Sébastien Sasseville (available from November 12 to 14 and November 21 to 30) :
514.744.5537 or cell : 438.870.0733
National Communications Manager