From 14-24 June 2014, the JDRF team will trek the beautiful Marangu Trail, through muddy rainforest, along rocky paths and over valleys, past glaciers and ice cliffs. Each night will be spent at a different campsite offering team members the opportunity to wake up to a stunning scenic view every morning – and to return home with the satisfaction of having scaled Africa’s biggest mountain.
Dr Ian Gallen, Editor of popular diabetes and exercise forum Runsweet.com, said: “The JDRF Climb Kilimanjaro challenge is a fantastic opportunity for those with type 1 diabetes to prove to themselves and the world that having the condition does not stop them embracing the most physical and exciting conquests.”
Ian is also a Consultant Diabetologist at the Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust, Reading. “There will be DSNs (Diabetes Specialist Nurses) joining in the climb, who will provide specialist advice on training tips, equipment and nutrition. With careful understanding of how the body works, participants will have the chance to reach the summit, and return with the satisfaction of knowing that no challenge is ever impossible.”
Donor Development Officer at JDRF, Kris Wood (pictured), who lives with the condition and will be participating in the trek said: "Climbing Kilimanjaro with a team of people with type 1 diabetes is going to be a unique and amazing experience. I'm even celebrating my 28th birthday during the climb!"
“This is an exciting and adventurous way to raise awareness for JDRF and fundraise for type 1 research. As a participant in a few clinical trials I appreciate how expensive vital medical research can be therefore events like this are extremely important."
Spaces are filling fast so hurry and apply now! You don’t have to have type 1 diabetes to take part. Further information detailing the challenge can be found at the JDRF Climb Kilimanjaro page.