Scott Hanselman

Type 1 Diabetes will likely be cured in my lifetime - and just in time

March 30, '06 Comments [4] Posted in Diabetes
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Thanks to EVERYONE who donated to this year's walk. We (you!) raised $10,000 in just 10 days. Amazing. I am in awe of you all and I thank you for what you've done. It WILL make a difference. Diabetic mice have just been cured, again, of Type 1 Diabetes:

Diabetes researchers have long known that the Type 1 form of the disease is caused when the immune system attacks insulin-secreting beta cells that reside in islets, round balls of cells, in the pancreas. And they realize that they have to stop that attack if they are ever to cure the disease.

"There are two possibilities," Dr. Buse said. "This treatment works for mice but no derivation of it will ever work for humans. Or this is the paradigm leap that is necessary to find the cure for Type 1 diabetes."

Maybe 5 years, 10, even 20, but I will not be diabetic in my retirement. Now I just need to stay healthy and side-effect free for the next big chunk of my life.

The Diabetes Walk isn't until May 6th, so please do continue to spread the good word about this fundraiser. Perhaps we'll hit $20,000?

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006 1:00:16 PM UTC
Awesome stuff! Amazing what can happen when a few geeks get together. Congrats!

Also seeing as you're in Calgary today, don't know if you saw the news about some guys from the University of Calgary that came up with a technique to grow cells in a lab. News article here:
http://www.news-medical.net/?id=16777
Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:09:15 PM UTC
Thought you might like to listen to this podcast as well (http://www.sciencefriday.com/pages/2006/Mar/hour1_032406.html)

Keep up the great work.
Brian
Thursday, March 30, 2006 5:14:54 PM UTC
Great post. Thanks for the links. $10,000! That is so awesome. My family and I are riding in the Tour de Cure here in Colorado this coming August. (http://schema.sol3.net/blogs/starpilot/archive/2006/03/28/1106.aspx). I thought aiming for $500 was a big step. Time for me to step back, re-evaluate, and set a much larger goal!!
Sunday, April 02, 2006 7:05:40 PM UTC
I am envious of your ability to attract supporters. I too have Type 1 Diabetes, and I hope to do a bike race in Death Valley this May with the JDRF. I think I will be ready physically, but it has been hard to raise money. So far, I have raised about $600, but I need to raise about $2000 more. You have inspired me to not give up the effort.

Good luck with your upcoming event and fundraising!
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