Community News
June 19, 2018 By Denise Barnard
Driven to Make a Difference

In 2007, at the age of 22, Charlie Kimball (pictured above) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during a regular doctor’s appointment—a shock for anyone, but especially for this race car driver. But Charlie didn’t give up, and by the following year, he was back behind the wheel with the help of his doctor and team who created a diabetes treatment plan and modified his car so he can manage the disease while driving. Charlie’s continuous glucose monitor takes readings of his blood sugar levels and sends them to the digital display on his steering wheel. (The same information is sent in real time to the engineers in the pit stop.) Through his helmet, he can access drink mixtures to help him control his blood sugar levels in real time—switching between water and orange juice—even when he’s driving at speeds of more than 100 m.p.h.

Driver of the No. 23 Novo Nordisk – Diabetes Canada Honda car, Charlie will be racing in this year’s Honda Indy Toronto, which runs from July 13 to 15. And he wants to meet you. "Share your story of how you are driven to make a difference for a chance to join me at the Toronto Indy in July,” he says. Enter the Driven to Make a Difference Contest today! 

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