Jack on the Campaign Trail!
Jack doesn’t let diabetes slow him down. A couple of Sundays ago, he met B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix for a game of basketball at an outdoor court in Coquitlam. Mr. Dix, who has Type 1 Diabetes himself, took the opportunity to praise Jack’s efforts with fundraising for a cure for Diabetes. Jack demonstrated for reporters how his pump has made his life easier. ” Instead of taking shots every day that really hurt my arm, four to six times a day, I just punch in these buttons and it’s as easy as that, ” he said, revealing too that he inserts a needle in himself for it to connect to every 2 days. The Medtronic pump helps him take more control of his diabetes health, himself.
Jack and Mr. Dix teamed up to take on Coquitlam-Burke Mountain NDP Candidate Chris Wilson and and NDP staffer named Ravi (great guy) in the game of two-on-two hoops. With some ball handling skills, Jack led the charge, feeding Mr. Dix some pretty passes and netting a couple points himself. Jack was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes 7 years ago. It was at his first Telus Walk that he realized he wanted to get more involved. ”I wanted to make a difference and not stand on the sidelines and watch”. So Jack started advocating, and Team Jack of Hearts had over 150 walkers at last years walk.
“He’s an amazing advocate,” Mr. Dix said. ”It’s such an inspiration that someone dealing with a disease can also advocate for everyone else who has a disease, including me. It’s a message to everyone who has juvenile diabetes, that there are no limits.”