Monday, March 20, 2006

Team Hanselman: Diabetes Fund Raiser

Most readers here probably already know who Scott Hanselman is. He's a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP who resides in Portland, OR. Maybe more importantly, he is also the Chief Architect for a company whose software might be running your bank's internet banking website. (Why that is relevant to the topic of this post is beyond me; it's just a fun fact).

Scott is just an all-around great guy: fun to listen to, smart as anyone I've ever ran into, and even takes time out to answer emails from the little people. Besides blogging on technical topics, he also occasionally throws out a post on Diabetic topics.

When he was 21, he lost a considerable amount of weight over a short period of time, and was finally diagnosed as a Type I Diabetic. According to his story, there is no family history, so the likely cause in his case was a virus that he contracted.

That last piece of information is what should give you something to think about: You could just have the flu on one day, and then a short time later, have to start giving yourself 8 shots of insulin a day (not to mention the countless pricking of your finger to measure blood sugar levels).

Team Hanselman will be participating in this year's America's Walk for Diabetes on May 6th. He and his wife have set a pretty ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for the American Diabetes Association. If anything is worthy of charitable donations, I think this is it.

But don't just take it from me--check out Scott's blog post for yourself: