"I am truly humbled by the generosity of the Atlanta community last Friday night. Over 350 people came to support the Team Type 1 Foundation event, and we raised just over $300,000 to support life for 1,300 with Type 1, in Rwanda, and our 91 global ambassador advocates with diabetes, as they fight for those less fortunate than us in the developing world. And... we have a $200,000 pledge committed for Haute Route Rockies in 2017!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! Together, we will aim to inspire all with diabetes in the world."
That was Phil Southerlands post on Facebook this morning. After seeing that post getting to the 2017 gala is a must for me. The Team Type 1 Foundation is changing diabetes all over the world and to see that first hand would be life changing. What follows are the questions and answers with my email interview with Phil Southerland.
An event like the one tonight, what does that mean to you?
I was truly humbled by everyone's generosity at our Team Type 1 Foundation gala on Friday evening. To see the growth in three years time, the impact we've been able to make, and the overwhelmingly positive feeling that people have for Team Type 1, has me on cloud nine. A lot of work went into it, and we had a great committee trying to make it the best night possible. We could not be more grateful for their support as well.
Did you ever imagine that the Team Type 1 Foundation would be where it is today?
The road has taken a few more switchbacks than I had initially imagined, but I am quite pleased with where we are now and the road ahead. This year, we had the opportunity to give 91 college scholarships to NCAA athletes with diabetes. That is 182 parents whose burden has been reduced. And on top of that, we get to play a small part in these young adults philanthropic development. I love that. I hope they all stay involved, trying to make the lives of people with diabetes better for the long term. At the very least we know they are all learning about the incredible power of giving back.
What does the future hold for TT1F? What is the goal five years from now?
We might have a few surprises for you next year, but the future is bright for Team Type 1. I hope in five years time, we are leading the charge on global access to medication, education, and empowerment for people with diabetes. By 2021, everyone in the world should have sustainable access to insulin, to blood glucose monitoring, and the ability to dream. I firmly believe our athletes will be the reason we succeed. My hope is that hundreds more athletes with diabetes apply for scholarships, and that thanks to our generous donors and supporters, we can be part of granting these young adults their dreams. They are all heroes, but some may not have realized that yet.