Why We Started

Our son Luke was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 7. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. It is NOT caused by eating sugar, obesity or other poor lifestyle habits. There is NO CURE and a person needs many injections of insulin daily to live. This requires constant management and attention to ensure dosage is correctly calculated based on activity and food intake. If not done correctly, insulin therapy can be deadly. Families with loved ones that are Type 1 carry this stress and anxiety everyday.

Although Type 1 is very difficult, we are incredibly lucky. Luke was diagnosed early before experiencing severe complications. Not treating Type 1 diabetes is fatal. We are also extremely grateful that we have good healthcare and the means handle the economic burden of managing the disease. The American Diabetes Association estimates that annual healthcare costs for diabetics are $7900 more than non-diabetics. Many do not detect the disease in a timely manner and cannot afford the cost of managing the disease properly.

How We Got Started

Watching our son’s courage in dealing with his disease inspired us. We desperately wanted to do something to help all effected by Type 1 Diabetes. We had the idea of starting a for profit business with the mandate of giving a certain percentage of its proceeds to JDRF. In the middle of 2014, we started Crossfit DT1 with the mandate that 10% of gross revenue and 50% of any profit would be given to directly to JDRF. In the beginning of 2016, we decided to start DT1 charities to provide us a platform to raise funds from other sources and direct the funds in different ways to hopefully make a greater impact. In its first 24 months of opening, Crossfit DT1 built a vibrant, supportive community and has contributed $39, 080 to JDRF and $3,400 to DT1 Charities.

Where We’re Going

Type 1 diabetes is often misunderstood and can have very dangerous consequences. We hope to educate the public about the signs of an impending diabetes diagnosis. We look to fix the misconceptions people use to label the diabetic community. Most importantly, we want to help families struggling with this diagnosis and provide funding to research organizations that are focused on finding a cure.