Inspired by One Man’s Epic Journey
Friday, November 14 was World Diabetes Day (WDD). Led by the International Diabetes Federation, the day unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy.
Friday was also a big day for Sebastien Sasseville, who on the same day completed his 7500km Outrun Diabetes run across Canada in an effort to raise awareness about the condition, as well as to inspire, educate and empower people living with diabetes, and to convince them that they can pursue their dreams. He started from St. John’s, Newfoundland on February 2nd, and ran 40km each day, the equivalent of 180 marathons. Learn more at www.outrundiabetes.ca. Outrun Diabetes is a proud supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and as you may already know I am also a huge JDRF supporter.
So when the lovely Sandy Struss @ Animas Canada, a major sponsor for Outrun Diabetes, contacted me to see if I was available to capture a few moments as Sebastien completed his amazing journey here in Vancover on World Diabetes day, I couldn’t say no. And, I got so much more out of my small part in Sebastiens’s incredible journey than I would’ve ever imagined. Sebastien is sweet, soft-spoken and modest, but his accomplishments are far from modest. I will never forget his words when he set foot in the Pacific Ocean, ending his cross Canada Run. “Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t follow your dreams”, his inspirational words of encouragement led to cheers and appalause fom the large crowd who gathered to show their support. Young Jack, who also has T1D flew with his family all the way from Windsor, Ontario to be there and run the last couple km’s with Sebastien.
Here’s an interview with Sebastien from right after he completed his run: http://new.livestream.com/diabeteschampion/Nov14
I was personally, so moved and inspired by this man and his incredible work he is doing. I feel honoured to have been able to spend a couple minutes with Sebastien before he started on his final stretch of the run. Here are a few images: