Exhausted, but oh so satisfied. Diabetes patient Sam Mebius, for example, arrived in Den Bosch on Saturday evening. He and his brother-in-law Dennis Smit had traveled two hundred kilometers on normal city bikes to raise almost 25,000 euros for the Diabetes Fund. And to get Bossche Bollen from bakery Jan de Groot.
Bread rolls from Den Bosch? Hell yes. Because according to Sam’s dietitian, this delicacy contains less sugars than, for example, a piece of apple pie. And so the young Frisian came up with the fun challenge to cycle to Den Bosch on his one-year diabetes birthday and get one there.
That long day came on Saturday. Sam found out a year ago that he has type 1 diabetes. A disease that changed his life because he has to constantly monitor his sugar level. “You have to pay attention to what you eat and do in everything. You never have a day off.” By injecting insulin, his values are maintained.
By traveling 200 kilometers on a regular city bike, Sam wants to show others that diabetes shouldn’t hold you back and can take on your challenges. “You should not give up,” he said earlier to the NOS. There is no cure for diabetes yet. Because a lot of money is needed for research, Sam set up the fundraiser. It was stormy. More than 20,000 euros had been promised, even before he and Dennis got on their bikes in Heerenveen at five in the morning. A nice motivation to keep going.
Sam also had to pay close attention to his sugar levels during the long journey. Sam’s was fine, although it fluctuated a bit. Although that is not visible to others. “That’s the tricky part: the outside world sometimes doesn’t see that diabetes just never ‘goes out’.”
By seven o’clock in the evening, with the Brabant capital in sight, those Bossche Bollen were within reach. “Since I had just cycled two hundred kilometers, I was completely in shock. It was tough and tough, but we had a very special day! “, Sam writes. They got a lot of support along the way and for a moment the teenager thought that a mass of journalists were waiting for them on a bridge.” We saw many people in the distance. We thought they had cameras with them and I already said, “Wow .. They’ll be coming for us.” Unfortunately they turned out to be bird watchers. ”
A day later, Sam can barely comprehend what happened the day before, he says. “I have lived here for six months and it is nice that it turns out as I had in my head. Diabetes has thus been put on the map. ”
For those who want to donate: the promotion page will remain in the air until the check has been definitively handed over to the Diabetes Fund.
I hope you are in health and well.
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