Happy World Diabetes Day.
Happy Omigod Sebastien Made it all the Way Across Canada Day.
A man with an insulin pump, a wicked french accent and a dream bigger than all of us. Run across Canada to raise awareness about type 1 diabetes and hopefully inspire a few folks along the way.
Day one: February 2 2014 - Sebastien left Cape Spear in the coldest Canadian winter in 15 years and headed west.
Through the maritimes and Québec and Ontario
Through the prairies
Towards the Rockies
Up one side...
...and down the other.
Sébastien set a lofty goal to run across Canada.
To run 7500km.
To run the equivalent of 180 marathons.
And to finish in Vancouver on World Diabetes Day. Which just happens to be today.
Guess where he is?
Yep, Vancouver. Five kilometres from the finish line.
A bunch of my friends are out there ready to scream, cheer and shed a few tears as he finishes the last few steps of his journey.
He did it. He's a few pounds lighter and probably pretty sore but he did it. He did it not despite diabetes but because of it. He inspired everyone he saw and everyone who saw him. Saw him in photos, in videos, online or running down one long road or another through the worst weather that Canada could throw at him.
Happy World Diabetes Day folks.
If you have someone with diabetes in your life, give them a big hug today and make sure you tell them that you love them eh?
(photos taken from Sébastien's Outrun Diabetes Facebook page)