In 2013, Bryan Mazlish created a home-made artificial pancreas system for use by his wife and son, both of whom have type 1 diabetes. Because Mazlish preferred to stay anonymous, a reporter dubbed him "Bigfoot." In 2015, Mazlish went public and partnered with two others to create Bigfoot Biomedical. Their goal is to bring this technology & other products to market in order to improve the lives of people with T1D. In our Community Connection, Stacey finds out about Hockey Fights T1D, a new JDRF fundraiser in upstate NY sparked by a two year old's diagnosis.
Three of the advocates behind the Spare a Rose charity campaign explain how it helps children with diabetes in the developing world. Kerri Sparling, Scott Johnson & Bennet Dunlap also play a few diabetes-news games with listeners. This episode is our contribution to Diabetes Podcast Week, a first of its kind effort organized by Stacey.
Julie Allred was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10, a generation ago. Told she wouldn't live past 30 and would never have children, Julie proved her doctors wrong but eventually had so many low blood sugars that she couldn't drive or leave her house unaccompanied. Two islet cell transplants as part of a clinical trial have changed her life. Julie is also a school nurse; she shares advice for parents on working with school staff.
A conversation with Dexcom Chief Technical Officer Jorge Valdez. Stacey asks about some milestones users of the G5 transmitter are waiting for, Dexcom's partnership with Google and what the future may bring. Community Connection this week is with Hope Mangiafico, diagnosed type 1 as a child, she found her voice at Diabetes Camp. Now she helps people with diabetes reach exercise and fitness goals.
A bonus episode featuring a conversation with top executives at Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies (parent company of Animas). John Wilson is the Worldwide Vice President, Insulin Delivery and Krishna Venugopalan is the Worldwide Director, Research & Development, Insulin Delivery. They talk to Stacey about the significance of this approval, about Animas's agreement with Dexcom and what's coming next as that company moves forward with the Share, G5 and G6 versions of their CGM.
Manny Hernandez was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult; he was first misdiagnosed as having type 2. Now with Livongo Health, Manny co-founded Diabetes Hands Foundation in 2007. This week he announced he will return to the Board. Our Community Connection this week is Anja Busse, the girl who started the petition asking American Girl Doll to add diabetes accessories to their wildly popular line. Two weeks ago, they made a diabetes kit available in stores and online.
An IRONMAN Triathlon includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break. Add type 1 diabetes to the mix and you've got a challenge few people ever try. In its first year, the Riding on Insulin Endurance program saw 63 athletes complete IRONMAN Wisconsin and raised $125,000 for the group's camps. Stacey talks to T1D IRONMAN Harry Thompson, as well as Michelle Alswager, the group's development director and an IRONMAN herself. Michelle also shares the story of her son, Jesse. Diagnosed in 2000 at age 3, Jesse died ten year later, when he was just 13. All JDRF Rides for the Cure now mark mile 23 for Jesse, and for everyone who's lost a life to type 1 diabetes.