Type 1 Beavers welcomes Jay Hewitt to Oregon State University as he shares his experience with diabetes and motivates others to overcome their obstacles with his program, “Finish Line Vision.”
Type 1 diabetes represents less than 10% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, usually detected in childhood or young adults. It means the body can’t produce insulin, can only be treated with injections or pumps, and is neither preventable nor curable at this point in modern medicine. Getting diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic is a life-changing moment. Jay Hewitt, diagnosed in 1991 at age 24, made it a change for the better.
Jay completed his first Ironman Triathlon in 2002, swimming 2.4 miles… biking 112 miles… running 26.2 miles – a total of 140 miles all in one day – all while living with diabetes. Determined not to let this disease hold him back, Jay became an elite Ironman triathlete and three-time member of the U.S. National Team for Long Distance Triathlon. He is the only person with Type 1 diabetes ever to qualify and race for Team USA.
Not only did Jay start competing in some of the most grueling endurance competitions after being diagnosed, he also finished law school and went on to earn partnership at his law firm. Through his life experiences, Jay became a professional motivational speaker for his concept of “Finish Line Vision,” where he encourages people to reach their own personal finish line. His message enables individuals and organizations to achieve goals once thought impossible, converting obstacles into fuel for even greater achievements.
Following his presentation, local health professionals will be present for a Q&A session on all things diabetes. Afterwards, Jay Hewitt will be staying to answer questions, take pictures, and sign autographs for audience members. Pre-register at this event for the 5/18 5k Dash for Diabetes and get the opportunity to run beside Jay!!
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“Overcome and achieve, you WILL reach your finish line!” – Jay Hewitt