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Peter Nerothin

Team Of Type 1 Ironman Triathletes Reaches Out To Mentor Local Youth Across The Country

San Diego, CA — A team of triathletes with type 1 diabetes is encouraging diabetic youth from across the country to apply for participation in a six month, personalized diabetes mentorship program. The "Insulindependence ironKiDz" project offers one-on-one diabetes coaching from world-class diabetic athletes, and an opportunity to cheer their mentor on at Ironman Wisconsin this September. A supplementary diabetes canoe adventure is planned in conjunction with the race. Twelve youth from across the country will be selected by athletes within their respective communities this month.

Team "Triabetes" will be featured in a video documentary that chronicles their journey to Ironman Wisconsin 2008, as well as a clinical study under the guidance of top physicians and researchers from across the country.

Triabetes aims to deliver a positive message of hope and inspiration to millions of people suffering from diabetes, and answer fundamental questions about exercise as a means of delaying common diabetic complications like blindness, heart disease, and kidney failure.

Team Triabetes is inviting diabetic children (ages 9-12) from their local communities to get involved with the Triabetes project. Throughout the summer months, Triabetes athletes will correspond with their selected training buddy in preparation for Ironman race day. As they exchange diabetes strategies, the duos will work together to prepare the child for his/her travel to Wisconsin. On race day the ironKiDz will provide diabetes support for their respective mentors before ceremoniously crossing the finish line hand-in-hand.

In the days leading up to the race, ironKiDz from across the country will come together on a group canoe adventure led by Wilderness Inquiry, the non-profit guiding company specializing in people with disabilities. Under the supervision of experienced wilderness staff and diabetes mentors, ironKiDz will have the opportunity to reflect on their summer experiences and learn what it means to live a fun and healthy life with diabetes.

"Triabetes will certainly reach millions over the years," said Peter Nerothin, a 28 year-old San Diego team member, "but the ironKiDz project will give it a personal touch that's sure to transform the lives of everyone involved" When not in the pool, on his bike, or at the track, Nerothin works is the president of Insulindependence in La Jolla, CA.

The Triabetes and IronKiDz projects are managed by Insulindependence, a non-profit organization based in San Diego, Calif. The documentary, conceived by Michelle Alswager of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Western Wisconsin, is being produced by Andiamo Production, an Emmy-winning studio in Madison, Wisc. Dr. Matt Corcoran, founder of Diabetes Training Camp, is the primary coach and training physician of the Triabetes team. Dr. Corcoran is joined in leading Triabetes research by Dr. Chuck Dumke (Appalachian State University) and Dr. Nate Heintzman (University of California, San Diego).

Triabetes is supported primarily through grass-roots contributions and corporate sponsors. To learn more about how you can be involved, please visit or contact Insulindependence, 7770 Regents Rd. #113390, San Diego, CA 92122. Applications for IronKiDz are available at

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