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Massachusetts Kids With Diabetes Get Elevated at Wachusett Mountain With Pro Snowboarder and Type 1 Diabetes Hero Sean Busby
Busby Recognized on the University of Massachusetts 'Wall Of Fame'
By: Marketwired .
Jan. 31, 2013 02:31 PM
PRINCETON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/31/13 -- Local kids and teens will soon learn how to shred down the mountain and balance blood sugars in the second annual Riding on Insulin East Coast Ski/Snowboard Camp (http://ridingoninsulin.org), taking place February 2nd at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Massachusetts.
Riding On Insulin (ROI) is an international nonprofit organization founded in 2004 by Sean Busby, a twenty-eight year-old professional snowboarder living with type 1 diabetes. The camps are held all over the world, and promote courage and confidence while teaching kids and youth with type 1 diabetes that they can overcome mental and physical challenges through teamwork.
"ROI fosters a winter sport and snowboarding environment where youth living with diabetes may share tips on managing it and make new friends who are just like them," said Sean Busby, founder of Riding on Insulin, who manages his diabetes with the OmniPod® Insulin Management System. "I always find myself learning from the campers who come to my camps. Sharing our experiences with others is the best medicine!"
Forty-eight kids living with type 1 diabetes, age 7-17 from Boston and beyond will experience this one-day program with ski and snowboard instructors trained in diabetes management. Siblings are also welcome to attend and participate in the camp and parents are encouraged to enjoy the mountain at their leisure or network with other parents in attendance.
"Diabetes is truly a family disease -- the entire family is affected the day a child or teen is diagnosed with Type 1," says Riding on Insulin Executive Director, Mollie Busby. "That's what sets our camp apart from others -- the ability to have the entire family in attendance and learn from one another."
Sean is also the newest inductee in the Diabetes Hall of Honor at the UMass Memorial Health Care Diabetes Center of Excellence. The Hall of Honor displays a photo gallery and inspirational quotes from notable public figures, athletes and musicians who have the disease, and is a reminder to patients that living with diabetes doesn't have to limit their potential.
"Wachusett is thrilled to be involved with the Riding on Insulin event for second straight year and helping provide an opportunity for kids with Type I Diabetes to stay active in a healthy winter sport environment," said Wachusett Mountain General Manager David Crowley. "We are pleased to support their effort and very proud to be one of the participating mountains."
Other ROI upcoming events include: Snow Summit, Southern California (2/9); Chestnut Mountain Resort, IL. (2/16); Eagle Point Resort, Utah (2/9).
About Sean Busby And Riding On Insulin:
About Type 1 Diabetes (from American Diabetes Association)
About the OmniPod Insulin Management System
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