Coney Island, New York (MMD Newswire) December 21, 2012 -- On Sunday, December 23, 2012, Doug Masiuk (38) will be the first Type 1 diabetic to complete a run across the United States. With friends and followers in tow, he'll be making his final strides on Sunday, at 1:30 pm EST through Brooklyn, NY to put his foot in the Atlantic. He'll complete the 3,350-mile journey at the end of 19th Street at water's edge next to the pier in Coney Island. The public and media are invited to run with Doug as well as attend a celebration and reception immediately following at the YMCA, 30 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11217. To donate and for more information, visit www.1run.org.
Campaign to Outrun diabetes
Masiuk started his run on May 20, 2012 in San Francisco and has since been running 20 to 30 miles a day. During his journey, he has met over 100,000 people in schools, camps, hospitals, and organizations in the communities through which he runs, educating others about the diabetes epidemic and inspiring many to take control of their own health.
"Running is my way to bring awareness to the diabetes epidemic, as well as to help improve the lives of both diabetics and non-diabetics," said Maziuk. "Every mile I run, whether in the dark, the rain, or the cold, I'm kept going by the hope that I can encourage others to seek the most out of life."
Doug is a recognized spokesperson for diabetes, collaborating with some of the major diabetes organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the American Diabetes Association (ADA) events, the Diabetic Congressional Caucus to broaden the reach of his message.
1Run (www.1run.org) was formed to bring awareness to the growing diabetes epidemic, with cases of Type 1 rising about 3%-4% a year. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can have devastating effects for one's quality of life and the healthcare system. Families supporting a loved one with diabetes often face emotional and financial hardships just for basic daily needs such as insulin, syringes, and test strips for monitoring. 1Run's mission is to increase awareness around this disease, as well as empower, inspire and motivate those affected by it on a daily basis.
Doug Masiuk, 410-693-6514, 1Run.org
Carrie Carlson, 312-560-9458, firstname.lastname@example.org