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On October 1, 2007, I joined Animas as General Manager. Four days later, I attended my first CWD conference in Minneapolis. Prepared for the typical medical meeting, I had no idea what was in store or how I would be impacted by the power and magic of this gathering of friends.

Before becoming a mom, I was an avid runner. Now that my children are four and eight-years-old, I think it seems like the right time to get back into it. I cannot think of a better motivation for training than to run with Team CWD.

I can guarantee that I won't finish first (Laura B. and I have joked that we will proudly represent the "slow moms" at the back), but I will cross that finish line. For CWD and for my personal inspiration: My grandmother. She was an amazing woman who died five years ago as a result of complications of (Type 2) diabetes -- complications that could have been avoided if she (and all of us in the family) were better educated and better equipped to help her manage living with diabetes. If we had been, she would have lived to meet her great-grandson. Finishing won't bring her back, but it will honor her, as a reminder of the importance of education, advocacy, and support for all families with diabetes.

So as I train for the race by chasing my children and listening to my grandmother's voice in my head, I wish luck to all the runners, from our Animas family to yours.

See you in Orlando!

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