Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"You Can Do This": Jay Hewitt.

One of the many cool things about the Children With Diabetes Friends For Life conference is the celebri-Ds (celebrities with diabetes) they bring in to interact with attendees. At this year's conference, we had the chance to meet people like Crystal Bowersox, Kendall Simmons, Sam Talbot, Team Type 1, and Jay Hewitt.

Jay gave the keynote speech on Friday afternoon, which closed out the official activities of this year's conference. For those not familiar with him, he is an elite Ironman Triathlete and three-time member of the U.S. National Team, who also happens to have type 1 diabetes. That means that during one race, he's swimming for 2.4 miles, biking for 112 miles, and running a full 26.2 mile marathon, all while managing diabetes.

Whoa. That makes my half-marathon last year look like a nap.

Hearing him speak about the obstacles, struggles, and triumphs of racing Ironman triathlons with diabetes was inspiring. His competitive attitude extends beyond athletics to how he lives his life with diabetes, too - "Diabetes is my motivation; it drives me to train and race for hours, endure the pain, all to send a message to this disease that 'you're messing with the wrong guy!'" (quote from the CWD FFL website)

Sara and I walked by the "meet and greet" area after his speech, and she turned to me: "Are you going to go ask him to do a You Can Do This video?" I stammered, "Oh! Um... but I don't have..."

Sara finished my sentence for me. "... a camera? I have my Flip with me. Seriously, let's go ask him. Right now."

That prompt was exactly what I needed to hear (thank you, Sara!) to force me to get over my sudden timidness and just ASK already. Jay was so kind and gracious, and asked us to wait around until he had the chance to meet everyone who was already standing in line - which we gladly did.

I don't think I've ever strung together words as quickly as I did when I was trying to explain the You Can Do This Project to him, but what I said must have made sense, because I now get to present you with this!

Thank you so much for lending your voice to the You Can Do This Project, Jay!


  1. Fantastic! Thanks, Jay, for the inspiring video! (And thanks, Kim and Sara, for making it happen.)

    This project was such a great idea. I'm so glad that it took off the way it did.

  2. Hooray! This is great.

    It was so nice of Coronado Springs to provide background music!

  3. Yay!

    You should see how big the smile on my face is right now!!!

  4. excellent! this project is wonderful! way to go Kim. I can't wait to see Chef Sam Talbot's video :-P

  5. That's adorable! I maybe shouldn't say this, but the video clip is more inspiring to me than the speech was.

    Kim, you ROCK!

  6. Dude, that was so awesome! I love how it was so spur of the moment but came off like you (and he) had planned it all along! And yeah lol background music! WHOO!

  7. Loved it! Very inspiring!!! :)

    Thanks for sharing Kim!

  8. Very cool, Jay (& Kim)! I'm a distance runner and I'm often inspired by my disease and kicking it's butt!

  9. Nice!!! Thank you Jay! Thank you Sara! Thank you KIM!!!


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