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Walking the walk

Scotia-Glenville students participate in diabetes awareness activities

All four elementary schools in Scotia-Glenville Central School District on Friday, May 11, participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes.

All four elementary schools in Scotia-Glenville Central School District on Friday, May 11, participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes. Photo by John Purcell.

— Cervati, 44, said he’s “just a man that rides a bike,” but some might say that’s more than a little modest.

He runs a website, www.type1rider.org, where he shares his racing and cycling event participation as a method to convey information about daily management of his diabetes, along with riding training and technologies available for diabetes.

The website eventually led to the creation of the Type1Rider Organization, which he founded.

“I just started to take notes about my preparation … that my doctors and nutritionist could go to and read instead of me calling them,” Cervati said. “Before long, I started to get emails and being contacted for all these other type 1 diabetics from all over the world that were trying to do similar stuff.”

He wasn’t always as open about his disease though. Until he went to college, he said he basically “kept it to himself.” The Internet has also broadened the dialogue and allowed people with the disease to connect, he said.

“We didn’t have email and Facebook and Twitter, so you were by yourself,” Cervati said. “The biggest mistake I made … was I didn’t tell anybody.”

Since he started the website in May 2005, he has been contacted several times for speaking engagements at events and has traveled across the country to help raise awareness of type 1 diabetes.

“I really do enjoy talking to younger populations because a lot of times … somebody a little older is so set in their ways,” he said. “These guys you are maybe able to give them some of the information you have gathered and help them along their path.”

He also didn’t charge Scotia-Glenville anything for the talk and paid for travel expenses out of pocket.

“Everywhere I go I just do it out of pocket,” he said. “My mom never once gave me a shot or nothing … so I kind of had to learn to do it myself.”

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