Teaming up to beat diabetes

News Jun 04, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Martin Vaillancourt knew a little about diabetes, but it wasn’t until his son was diagnosed that he fully understood the disease and its dangers.

“I had heard of diabetes, but I didn’t really know what it was,” he says.

Now he wants to make sure everyone understands what diabetes is, how to manage it and, even more importantly, avoid developing it.

Vaillancourt became a member of Team Diabetes, which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle while raising money through physical activities for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

A teacher at Academie Catholique Mere-Teresa on the east Mountain, Vaillancourt is running a marathon in Hawaii in August to do his part for Team Diabetes. His goal is $6,100.

In May, he held Nuit Rouge, an overnight fundraiser at his school, with dozens of students taking part. They played basketball and volleyball throughout the night, plus learned more about the perils of living with diabetes. The students raised $2,500.

Vaillancourt’s son, Thomas, 9, has been living with juvenile diabetes for four years. He is insulin dependent, requiring up to four insulin needles a day. He also has to endure seven to nine painful finger pricks each day to test his blood sugar level.

Vaillancourt says he has seen how blood sugar fluctuations can affect his days and how difficult it can be for an active youth to get the diabetes under control.

“I personally don’t think a nine-year-old child should have to go through this each and every day, for the rest of his life,” he says.

Vaillancourt is holding a Team Diabetes fundraiser Saturday at CrossFit Stoney Creek, 944 South Service Rd. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Teaming up to beat diabetes

News Jun 04, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Martin Vaillancourt knew a little about diabetes, but it wasn’t until his son was diagnosed that he fully understood the disease and its dangers.

“I had heard of diabetes, but I didn’t really know what it was,” he says.

Now he wants to make sure everyone understands what diabetes is, how to manage it and, even more importantly, avoid developing it.

Vaillancourt became a member of Team Diabetes, which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle while raising money through physical activities for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

A teacher at Academie Catholique Mere-Teresa on the east Mountain, Vaillancourt is running a marathon in Hawaii in August to do his part for Team Diabetes. His goal is $6,100.

In May, he held Nuit Rouge, an overnight fundraiser at his school, with dozens of students taking part. They played basketball and volleyball throughout the night, plus learned more about the perils of living with diabetes. The students raised $2,500.

Vaillancourt’s son, Thomas, 9, has been living with juvenile diabetes for four years. He is insulin dependent, requiring up to four insulin needles a day. He also has to endure seven to nine painful finger pricks each day to test his blood sugar level.

Vaillancourt says he has seen how blood sugar fluctuations can affect his days and how difficult it can be for an active youth to get the diabetes under control.

“I personally don’t think a nine-year-old child should have to go through this each and every day, for the rest of his life,” he says.

Vaillancourt is holding a Team Diabetes fundraiser Saturday at CrossFit Stoney Creek, 944 South Service Rd. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Teaming up to beat diabetes

News Jun 04, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Martin Vaillancourt knew a little about diabetes, but it wasn’t until his son was diagnosed that he fully understood the disease and its dangers.

“I had heard of diabetes, but I didn’t really know what it was,” he says.

Now he wants to make sure everyone understands what diabetes is, how to manage it and, even more importantly, avoid developing it.

Vaillancourt became a member of Team Diabetes, which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle while raising money through physical activities for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

A teacher at Academie Catholique Mere-Teresa on the east Mountain, Vaillancourt is running a marathon in Hawaii in August to do his part for Team Diabetes. His goal is $6,100.

In May, he held Nuit Rouge, an overnight fundraiser at his school, with dozens of students taking part. They played basketball and volleyball throughout the night, plus learned more about the perils of living with diabetes. The students raised $2,500.

Vaillancourt’s son, Thomas, 9, has been living with juvenile diabetes for four years. He is insulin dependent, requiring up to four insulin needles a day. He also has to endure seven to nine painful finger pricks each day to test his blood sugar level.

Vaillancourt says he has seen how blood sugar fluctuations can affect his days and how difficult it can be for an active youth to get the diabetes under control.

“I personally don’t think a nine-year-old child should have to go through this each and every day, for the rest of his life,” he says.

Vaillancourt is holding a Team Diabetes fundraiser Saturday at CrossFit Stoney Creek, 944 South Service Rd. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.