In accordance with the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, we met with Jean-Sébastien Drolet, one of The Diabetic Children’s Foundation’s (Fred) proud volunteers, to learn all about his motivation during physical activity.
Jean-Sébastien, can you give us an idea of what your lifestyle has been like in the recent years, living with Type 1 Diabetes?
In addition to my full-time job, I train at least 3 times a week indoors and run outdoors.
I also advocate healthy eating. Outdoor running is my getaway!
For the past three years, I have been mostly involved in obstacle courses that take place during both summer and winter seasons.
I must admit though; I have a soft spot for running on natural trails as well as road running.
Is it for this reason that you decided to participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge?
First and foremost, my willingness to get involved in the various activities of Fred always comes natural to me!
I have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for 35 years, so sharing my experiences with families and showing them that anything is possible for children with diabetes are basic human actions that come so easy to me …
I decided to get involved with Fred because it is the organization in Quebec that supports families with children or teenagers living with Type 1 Diabetes.
Not to mention Camp Carowanis… a place which also makes a huge difference in the lives of these young people!
At Camp, they are encouraged to gain independence, to learn and grow with diabetes in a recreational environment, where they spend time with children who live the same reality. It’s so important!
My participation in the Challenge is one of the many things I do for Fred and its families, but I also use it as a preparation for the other races that I plan to do throughout the year.
Will your family be joining you throughout the Challenge?
My wife Caroline always accompanies me during the races.
She is my official photographer!
This year, she even decided to sign up for the Challenge!
In addition, one of my friends (a father of a child living with Type 1 Diabetes and a member of Fred) will also be participating!
If I had children, I’m sure we would be there as a family!
Running as a family represents surpassing oneself, sharing one’s passion with loved ones and encouraging one another!
In your opinion, is there an ideal age to participate in physical activity?
In my opinion, everyone can be active every day regardless of one’s age!
What is important is to be active and move at one’s own pace!
I sincerely hope to meet many of families involved with Fred at the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.
I will participate in the Doublé, which means that I will run on Saturday and Sunday.
I will be more than happy to talk to parents and their children throughout the weekend of April 21st and 22nd!
Thank you Jean-Sebastien!