Country Music Star Teams up with Animas Corporation and four "Diabetes Heroes" on a Cross-Country Tour to Inspire Children and Adults Living with Type 1 Diabetes
April 23, 2012
George Canyon, award-winning recording artist, hosts an evening of inspiration and entertainment to encourage living powerfully with Type 1 diabetes
BURNABY, British Columbia, April 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, country music star George Canyon, and Animas Corporation, announced that beginning May 14, they will embark on a five-day, five-city, coast-to-coast tour visiting cities from Newfoundland to British Columbia. The George Canyon & Friends Diabetes Heroes Tour will encourage adults and children living with Type 1 diabetes to live a life without limits despite their disease. George, who has lived with Type 1 diabetes since the age of 14, will be joined by four people living extraordinary lives with diabetes – including a WHL hockey player; Canadian National Para-Snowboarder; a university student who is earning her recreational pilot's license; and a family therapist and diabetes nurse educator, who has personally been living with Type 1 diabetes for more than 50 years. Together, George and these Diabetes Heroes will provide an evening of inspiration and entertainment for those affected by Type 1 diabetes.
"When I was a teenager, there wasn't anyone with diabetes that I could really look up to. So I promised myself that if ever given the means and the platform, I would try to be that person to kids who were just like me," said Canyon. "This tour is a way to provide positive role models to children living with diabetes and to let them know that if they control their disease, they can live their dreams."
Canyon, along with the Diabetes Heroes, will be traveling to the following five cities for a three-hour event each night:
- May 14: St. John's, NL – The Majestic Theatre, 390 Duckworth Street
- May 15: Barrie, ON – Liberty North, 100 Caplan Avenue
- May 16: Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre Cafe, 698 Osborne Street
- May 17: Edmonton, AB – John L. Haar Theatre, Grant McEwan University, 10045 – 156 Street
- May 18: Prince George, BC – Prince George Playhouse, 2833 Recreation Place
The evening will begin with an opening keynote discussion of diabetes and family dynamics, followed by an interactive session with the Diabetes Heroes, and concluding with a performance from Canyon.
"George Canyon and the Diabetes Heroes are living proof that Type 1 diabetes doesn't have to get in the way of achieving your dreams," said Paul Flynn, Director of Animas Canada. "After the success of last year's George Canyon & Friends Diabetes Heroes Tour, we couldn't be more excited to bring this unique and inspiring experience to children and families living with Type 1 diabetes across Canada."
Admission to these events is free. Seating is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited and reserved for individuals and families living with Type 1 diabetes, with a maximum of five (5) seats per RSVP. To reserve seats, register online at www.animas.ca/george2012.
To connect with the tour on Facebook and follow along with behind-the-scenes photos and video clips, visit www.facebook.com/gcfheroestour
This initiative is proudly organized and sponsored by Animas Canada, a division of LifeScan Canada Ltd.