Animas Heroes

To us, being a hero is about how you live your life, and what kind of an example you set for others. It's not about being perfect, but about doing your very best. It's about attitude and action.

Our sincere hope is that you find some inspiration from the stories below to help you on your own journey with Type 1 diabetes

  • DEBORAH WILLOWS: LIVING BEYOND DIABETES AND CEREBRAL PALSY

    Using her lips, Deborah Willows presses the buttons on the meter-remote for her OneTouch Ping® insulin pump. Her support worker just tested Deborah’s blood glucose and prepared one of her favorite meals—salmon quiche. ....

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  • KEVIN KELLERMAN: LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT

    It was love at first fight. Kevin Kellerman was hooked on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) from his first training session, and doesn’t plan on stopping until he’s had a successful pro career. It’s a lofty goal for any 21 year old, but while Kevin fights his way to the top, he’s also dealing with Type 1 diabetes.

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  • KISS AND TELL: NATALIE IRISH PAINTS WITH HER LIPS AND TALKS ABOUT DIABETES

    For someone who doesn’t wear lipstick often, Natalie Irish’s makeup collection is extensive. The artist’s claim to fame is lipstick painting, and she’s using her unique talent to connect with others who live with Type 1 diabetes...

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  • STEPHEN STEELE: FLYING ON INSULIN

    In 1986, airline pilot Stephen Steele had his medical certificate revoked when he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. It would be 16 years before he could fly again. Today, Stephen is showing pilots around the world that insulin-dependence is not necessarily an end to their flying careers...

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  • CARLEY BARKER: RESPONDING TO A CALL FROM NEPAL

    When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal in April 2015, Carley Barker was among the brave medical workers who responded to a global call for help. The conditions in Nepal were risky for anyone, but living with Type 1 diabetes meant Carley needed to be prepared for the worst...

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  • SÉBASTIEN SASSEVILLE COMPLETES THE EPIC JOURNEY TO RUN ACROSS CANADA!

    He arrived amid cheers, high-fives, and shouts of “Go, Seb, Go!” and “We love you, Seb!” On a brilliant but chilly Friday morning, Sébastien Sasseville celebrated the completion of his 7,500 km solo run across Canada at Second Beach in Vancouver, B.C. on November 14, World Diabetes Day.

    As school children, admirers, friends and family greeted him enthusiastically, Sébastien ran into the Pacific Ocean...

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