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

  • GRAND SLAM DREAMS FOR LEENA BENNETTO

    She started playing tennis at age 9, and now 13-year-old Leena Bennetto aims to be the best tennis player in the world.

    Although having Type 1 diabetes means Leena has more on her plate than other athletes her age, she’s making no excuses on her way to the top. She speaks with confidence, and she’s got the talent to back it up.

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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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  • SARAH MONTES: MAKING A SPLASH

    When Sarah Montes was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she had one question for her doctor, “Can I still swim?”

    At age 14, Sarah was swimming competitively, training 6 days a week, and didn’t want anything to stop her from her dream of representing Canada in Olympic swimming. And she hasn’t allowed it to stop her. Diabetes hasn’t......

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  • GOODBYE CANADA, HOLA ESPAÑA

    When Performance last caught up with Michael Thornton two years ago, his dream to play professional soccer was just starting to take shape.

    Toronto born and raised, at only 12 years of age he had already travelled to Europe for try-outs with an Italian soccer club. The following year, in 2013, he travelled to France, England, Italy and dream in Spain, and sometimes living the dream means having to...

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