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JUNE 24, 2018


Tri Team for Diabetes

Are you an athlete with Type 1 Diabetes? Join the Tri Team for Diabetes and participate in the number one volunteer fundraising event in the country for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The Tri Team for Diabetes brings together Type 1 diabetic athletes of all levels who share the common goal of living in a world where diabetes is a factor, not a focus. The team is comprised of both seasoned triathletes, as well as athletes who have never participated in a triathlon before.

New athletes will benefit from the experiences of the more seasoned athletes, while those more experienced will have the opportunity share what they have learned about the challenge of training and competing while keeping their diabetes in good control.

The Tri Team for Diabetes is a real life example for those living with Type 1 diabetes that there are no limits, while at the same time demonstrating to those who do not have the disease the great effort it takes to make this happen and why we ultimately need to continue fighting for a cure.

Please support the Tri Team for Diabetes here! A donation in any amount will help us work towards finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes!

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The Tri Team for Diabetes

Sam Lyons - Honorary Team Captain

Sam Lyons is the son of Joe Lyons who suffered a fatal heart attack in the inaugural Cohasset Triathlon in 2007. Sam has been living with Juvenile (type 1) diabetes since he was 2. Now age 11, he is committed to keeping his dad's legacy alive in continuing his quest to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and raise social awareness. Sam has been the official race starter for the Cohasset Triathlon since 2008 and is also the Honorary Team Captain for the Tri Team for Diabetes. Sam is inspired by the spirit, dedication and accomplishments of the team and looks forward to joining them on the race field when he is 13.

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Finn Doherty - Honorary Team Captain

Finn Doherty is 11 years old and has had Type 1 diabetes since he was two. He lives in Cohasset and it is because of Finn that Bill Burnett chose JDRF to be the beneficiary of the Cohasset Tri. Finn is thrilled that the Tri has raised over half a million dollars for JDRF! Finn wears an Omnipod pump and never lets diabetes hold him back or slow him down. He too plans to compete in the Cohasset Tri when he is 13, maybe with a relay of friends. For now he plays baseball, basketball and sails all summer long. He is really looking forward to being an co-honorary team captain this year.

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Karl Amber - Team Administrator

Karl was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 29 years ago at age 12. He got started in triathlon in 2006, completing his first Sprint Triathlon with the encouragement from friends, and has since completed three Ironman Triathlons. In 2007, the association with JDRF compelled him to participate in the inaugural Cohasset Triathlon - and it has since become one of his all time favorite events! Learning to manage diabetes during training and racing situations is a challenge, but the triathlon experience has given him a much greater understanding of his body and the benefits of exercising to assist in blood sugar control. In addition to swimming, biking and running for triathlons, he enjoys keeping busy with landscaping, woodworking, scuba diving, and computers.

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Rich Duda

Rich Duda played high school hockey and tennis and before each season he was required to have a physical to ensure he was fit to play. It was then, out of the blue, on his yearly routine physical he found out he was type 1. Rich was diagnosed when he was 17 and has been using athletics to help control his diabetes ever since. In college he stayed active by playing squash. After graduating from Bryant University, on a bet he decided to compete in the Nantucket Triathlon. Rich finished the triathlon and now has the triathlon bug! Rick lives in Boston and he is out to prove that he is an athlete that's a diabetic - not the other way around! Life carries on and he is up for the fight!

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Ryan Enright

Ryan is 40 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) in 2010. He is currently on Metformin twice a day. Ryan discovered he had diabetes from a minor foot surgery that showed elevated blood sugars. Exercise has always been a part of Ryan's life and has now become even more important. He has run 18 marathons including 15 Boston, and has done a number of Triathlons. He is currently training for the Ironman in Lake Placid. Ryan lives in Hingham with his wife and three young children and works for a commercial real estate firm in Boston.

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Meghan Fahey

Megan is 15 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9. She's currently a freshman at Thayer Academy and plays soccer, lacrosse, and swims. Megan recently switched to the insulin pump and thoroughly enjoys this treatment option. Since beginning the pump management has become much easier. She likes to participate in any event to raise money for diabetes, seeing that it is such a great cause. Megan looks forward to the Cohasset Triathlon!

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Mike Hearn

Mike is 22 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 3. A hockey and lacrosse player in high school, Mike's interest in triathlon began in college as a way to stay active and manage his diabetes. He has completed 6 sprint triathlons since 2007. Mike has been an active member in the diabetes community working as a counselor (2004-2007) at Camp Joslin (a camp for boys with type 1 diabetes), participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, and interning with the JDRF Government Relations office in Washington, DC during the summer of 2008. He is now a sales engineer in Wellesley, MA.

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Evelyn Kelty

Evelyn Kelty is 28 years old and has had Type 1 diabetes since she was 13. Evelyn comes from an athletic family who encouraged her to play both basketball and water polo in high school, toting around endless supplies of glucose tabs and juice boxes. She has continued to stay active in hopes of controlling her blood sugar running 5k's around Boston. She supports JDRF by participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes every year and volunteering at the High Hopes gala in Boston. Evelyn has always wanted to participate in a triathlon, but was worried about her blood sugars, so is looking forward to facing this challenge with some fellow diabetics!

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Kevin Lyons

Kevin Lyons is 21 years old and diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 12. He is currently a junior in college at Bryant University studying Business Marketing. He has been on the insulin pump for 9 years. Kevin enjoys playing hockey and golf in his free time. He would like to help raise money to find a cure for diabetes and this is his first year participating in the triathlon.

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Christopher McAuley

Chris is 43 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 34. He has been using the Omnipod insulin pump for the past 4 years. He runs and exercises regularly to stay healthy and help control his blood sugar. Cohasset will be his first triathlon. He is looking forward to the challenge and also the opportunity to learn from and train with fellow diabetic athletes. Chris lives in Braintree with his wife Christine and their 3 daughters. He works in marketing and distribution for Savings Bank Life Insurance, and enjoys participating in events that support the JDRF and raise awareness about Type 1.

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John Murnane

John is 60 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 32. John has been a runner for over 36 years and has completed 16 marathons, including 5 Boston Marathons. Looking for some variety, he entered his first triathlon in 2009. He has become a big fan of the Cohasset Triathlon. The challenge of managing blood sugar is constantly there, especially when exercising, but, exercise is a critical tool for managing blood sugar. John and his wife are from Plymouth and they have 3 grown children (two of which live in Hawaii).

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Danielle Panetta

Danielle has been insulin-dependent for almost 15 years. When she was diagnosed in college, she weighed nearly 350 pounds and had never exercised a day in her life. Just a few years ago she started running. She kept it up and has completed several half-marathons this past year. She recently bought her first bike and Cohasset will be her first triathlon. She has some pretty lofty goals. She hopes to complete a half ironman by the end of this season and to train with team Triabetes for an Ironman event in 2010. She is looking forward to meeting and training with other type 1 triathletes.

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Patrick Reardon

Patrick is 29 years old, and he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 11. He was "fortunate" in the sense that his twin brother had been living with the disease since he was 9 months old so Patrick's diagnosis wasn't completely foreign to him . Growing up, Patrick's twin had never let diabetes be an impediment so Patrick had no excuse to let it be. Patrick was raised in Norton and currently resides in Easton. He studied business at Babson College and now works as an accountant for Covidien. Having run numerous half marathons, Patrick is primarily a runner but does dabble in triathlons.

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Stephen Sherman

Stephen Sherman is 43 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just 6 years ago. A close friend and fellow diabetic urged him to investigate a pump and he has been using one ever since. An avid biker, Stephen is excited to face the challenge of his first triathlon. He has been running and swimming to train for the race. Sherman is the executive chef of Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham. He lives in Scituate with his wife, Kristen and two boys, Henry and Oliver.

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Charla Spellman

Charla is 39 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 21. She is an Occupational Therapist, married, and currently home with her 4 children. She manages her diabetes via insulin pump, healthy eating and exercise. She participated in her first triathlon in 2008 thanks to Veteran Training and has enjoyed completing a variety of athletic events ever since, including the Cohasset Triathlon.

Kristen Pringle

Kristen is 37 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 9. She has been using an insulin pump for the past 6 years. Kristen is originally from upstate New York, but has lived in the Boston area for over 15 years. She currently resides in Hingham with her husband and three children. The 2011 Cohasset Triathlon will be Kristen's first triathlon. She has been enjoying the training so much that she has already registered for another sprint triathlon in September and hopes to complete her first 1/2 marathon this fall. Her longer term goals include an Olympic distance triathlon and possible Half Iron Man (HIM) in 2012.

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Brian Sampson

Brian, Type I for 20 years, was inspired by the likes of Gary Hall Jr. and other kindred diabetics. He's been competing locally in triathlons since the inaugural 2006 Cohasset Triathlon. As a certified ASCA swim coach, ACE fitness, PSIA Ski/AASI Snowboard & Windsurfing instructor, Brian's working towards adding certified USTA Triathlon Coach to his resume.

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Jennifer Yeomans

Jennifer has been active in outdoor sports including running, cycling, hiking and competitive skiing & swimming even though being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1970. She has travelled solo for 11 months across Europe and the Middle East including a 1,500 K bicycle trek through the French Alps. In the early 1980s often insulin dependent diabetics were advised not to have children. She has two grown children that live in NYC. Encouraged by her family she competed in her first 5k running event last fall and will compete in two sprint triathlons this year. Jennifer has worked at the Clara Barton Camp for diabetic girls in MA and was instrumental in starting the Ketchikan, Alaska Chapter of the American Diabetes Association in the 1982. Jennifer lives in Merrimack, NH with her husband of 34 years and is a financial controller at a small private college in Nashua, NH.

Tri Team for Diabetes Past Alumni

Elizabeth Corcoran-Hunt

Born and raised in Boston, Elizabeth has run the Boston Marathon, the Dublin Marathon and the New York Marathon. She ran New York last year for the reasons everyone wants to, and also to benefit the Barton Center, a camp for insulin-dependent diabetic kids that had such a profound impact on her way back when (she was diagnosed at age 9). She makes a habit of triathlons like Cohasset and road races like the New Year's Day "Wicked Frosty Four" in Salem. Elizabeth is also a lifelong golfer, five-time club champion at her home course, and made the 2010 Massachusetts state team competing for the Tri-State Cup. She is a much, much better golfer than triathlete.

Matt Crane

Matt is the oldest of 4 children. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 18 months old, he has had diabetes for over 21 years. He played hockey and lacrosse in high school and continues to stay active to help manage his diabetes. He has worked at Camp Joslin (a camp for boys with diabetes) as a counselor (2004 - 2007) and as the waterfront director during the summer of 2008. He was a Finance major at Providence College in Rhode Island and currently works in downtown Boston.

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Jay Hernandez

Jay is 35 years old and has been living with Type I Diabetes for 25 years. He currently treats his diabetes with an insulin pump and has been on this regiment since 1998. Originally from Arizona, Jay has been active in diabetes campaigns and programs including the JDRF Ride for the Cure, Arizona Diabetes Summer Camp (counselor and board member) and was selected to represent Arizona in the JDRF Children's Congress in Washington, DC. Jay is currently a Vice President for a Boston financial advisory firm focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He has completed in endurance challenges including the Boston Marathon and cycling across the United States.

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Devin Rettke

Devin was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of nine. He has never let the disease get in his way of Big Dreams. At the age of 11 he gave up his love for soccer to pursue his new passion…triathlons. Today Devin is 15 years old and has completed 30+ triathlons including two National Youth Elite Championship Triathlons. Living in Hawaii with his parents and 17-year-old sister he has set his goals high... Ironman! When Devin is not running Cross Country, swimming on his High School Swim Team or Club Team, he is busy educating others about Type 1 diabetes. In 2009 he represented the state of Hawaii in Washington D.C. at the JDRF Children's Congress He has been a Youth Ambassador for JDRF since his diagnosis raising awareness and funds for diabetes research. Most of all he has taught others that there are no limitations or Dreams you cannot accomplish!

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Stephanie Simmons

Stephanie is 27 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9. She has been using an insulin pump since the age of 13 and credits her positive experiences with athletics through high school, college, and through the present to the insulin pump . Originally from Maryland, she attended the American Diabetes Association's Camp Glyndon as a child and then returned to work as a counselor, and ultimately as the Camp Director, prior to relocating to Massachusetts. Stephanie is currently an associate attorney for a Boston civil defense firm with a primary focus on medical malpractice defense. She has recently begun more endurance- type athletic activities and as such, successfully completed her first marathon in October, 2010 and has plans to complete in several more marathons and triathlons this year.

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Rick Sullivan

Rick has been living with Type I diabetes for sixteen years. He is a native of Hanover, MA and played football, basketball, and lacrosse while attending Thayer Academy. After graduating from Wake Forest University in 2009 with a degree in biology and chemistry, he now works at a biotechnology consulting firm located in the greater Boston area.

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Please support the Tri Team for Diabetes here! A donation in any amount will help us work towards finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes!