Running on Hope for a Diabetes Cure

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This post is written by Caitlin Enright, Development Coordinator

Running a marathon takes a lot of hard work and perseverance, but ten members of Team Joslin know that 26.2 miles is nothing in comparison to the daily life of people with diabetes. On November 1, members of Team Joslin will run through all five boroughs of New York City in the TCS New York City Marathon.

These Team Joslin members are passionate about Joslin Diabetes Center’s mission and are dedicated to raising funds for Joslin in hope of a future without diabetes and its complications.

Meet the team:

Danielle Panetta

Danielle Panetta

Danielle has spent the last 20 years living with Type 1 diabetes. When she was diagnosed, she thought her life was going to get progressively worse, but she was wrong. One of the complications Danielle deals with is Charcot Foot. She spent almost two years in a cam walker and brace. “I had limited movement and it was no longer possible to rotate my left foot, but I still had my foot. Thanks in part to the Joslin Foot Clinic. I was walking without crutches or braces, now it was time to see if I could run again.” Danielle has participated in almost 40 half-marathons, 17 triathlons, a handful of Ragnar Relays, and numerous smaller races. Danielle is excited to run her first full marathon as a member of Team Joslin. Read more about Danielle here.

Joan and Jackie Connor

ConnorsThe TCS New York City Marathon will be the second time Joan has run a marathon for Team Joslin. She ran the Boston Marathon in 2014 for Team Joslin and thought it would be her last. However, when her daughter, Jackie, suggested running the TCS New York City Marathon together, Joan couldn’t say no. Together, Joan and Jackie are running for Jennie (Joan’s daughter and Jackie’s sister). Jennie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 21 in 2013. “Since that time, Joslin has been a Godsend to Jennie and our family. Our vision is for Jennie to live a long, happy, and healthy life living with diabetes until there is a cure.” Read more about Joan and Jackie as they run in honor of Jennie here.

Jennifer Freels

Jennifer FreelsJennifer understands how diabetes can affect an entire family. Her husband, Mark, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while Jennifer was pregnant with their second son seven years ago. As a family, Jennifer and her sons have learned how to help Mark manage his diabetes. Jennifer is proud to be running the TCS New York City Marathon on behalf of Joslin for her husband. “The research and care that Joslin provides is a blessing to those with diabetes and their loved ones. We are extremely fortunate to have such an exceptional organization right here in our backyard!” Read more about Jennifer’s story here.

Melissa Livingston

Melissa LivingsonDiabetes affects many people in Melissa’s family. At the age of 16, Melissa’s sugar levels were elevated and in her mid-20s, she found solace in running. Since that time, her A1C levels have dropped down to normal levels. “Like the Joslin Diabetes Center, I also envision a world free of diabetes and its complications. If I can manage my sugar levels, so can others, especially with the help and support of organizations like the Joslin.” Read more about Melissa’s journey and her reasons for supporting Joslin here.

Adalberto Gonzalez
Adalberto GonzalezAs an endocrinologist, Adalberto identifies with Joslin Diabetes Center’s mission to prevent, treat, and cure diabetes. “Joslin is an authority in diabetes care, prevention, and clinical research.” Adalberto is also Latino, a population at high risk for diabetes and is excited about the work being done at Joslin within the Latino Diabetes Initiative. Adalberto is honored to run the TCS New York City Marathon as part of Team Joslin. Read more about Adalberto and support his efforts here.

Michael Pascento

Michael PascentoMichael is running as a member of Team Joslin for his son, Mikey, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in October of 2013. “The impact this has had on Mikey and the rest of our family cannot be measured in miles or dollars. Simply stated, it has changed every aspect of our lives.” Michael is excited to raise funds for Joslin and play a small part in one day finding a cure for diabetes. Read more about Michael’s story and support his efforts here.

Ron Martirano

Ron MartiranoWhen Ron approaches the starting line on November 1, he will be celebrating both his birthday and the conclusion of his first year as a diabetic. Ron has worked hard to manage his diabetes since his diagnosis and running has helped him to do that. Running the TCS New York City Marathon on behalf of Joslin Diabetes Center will symbolize his journey towards a healthier lifestyle. He is eager to conquer the marathon just as he has conquered managing his diabetes. Read more about Ron’s story and support his efforts here.

Colin Mock

Colin MockColin has been a patient of Joslin Diabetes Center since he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2007. He credits Joslin with helping him make an easy transition from high school to college and after. “The work done by my doctors at Joslin has had a profound impact on my health and well-being. I wouldn’t be in the position that I am today to run a marathon without their support.” Colin is running the TCS New York City Marathon for Team Joslin to prove to himself and others that diabetes does not have to stop you from achieving your goals. Read more about Colin’s story here.

Amy Bevan
Amy BevanAmy is running the TCS New York City Marathon as a member of Team Joslin in honor of her eight-year-old son, Miles, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes two years ago.  As an athlete, professional writer and mother of three, she is passionate about advocating for type 1 diabetes research and has turned that passion into a career at T1D Exchange in Boston.  With six half-marathons, eight triathlons and one other full marathon under her belt, she is excited to run NY as a member of Team Joslin, raising awareness and funds for diabetes research and care. Read more about Amy here.

These ten marathoners have a goal of raising $25,000 for Joslin Diabetes Center and the clinical care, research and educational programs that give hope to the millions affected by diabetes worldwide.

For information on Team Joslin, please contact Martha Andrews at 617-309-2534 or martha.andrews@joslin.harvard.edu.

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