SOURCE: Insulet Corporation

Insulet Corporation

June 22, 2011 08:30 ET

The Diabetes Dude Launches National "I Feel Free" Summer Tour to Raise Awareness for Type 1 Diabetes

10-Year-Old Noah Brokmeier to Travel 21 States and Over 5,000 Miles With His OmniPod Tubeless Insulin Pump

TAUNTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jun 22, 2011) - Noah Brokmeier, a.k.a. The Diabetes Dude, announced today the launch of his "I Feel Free" Summer Tour, a nationwide expedition during the month of July to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes. During the "I Feel Free Tour," The Diabetes Dude and his family will visit the Children With Diabetes Annual Conference and diabetes youth camps across the country to help inspire kids of all ages to raise awareness in their own communities and to prove that people can still do anything they want, even with diabetes.

"I can't wait to travel around the country to show kids of all ages that having Type 1 diabetes doesn't mean you can't have the freedom to feel like any other kid," said Noah, The Diabetes Dude. "I hope I can inspire kids to share their stories and help teach everyone about Type 1 Diabetes. Kids need to know about how important it is to keep their diabetes under good control."

Noah manages his diabetes with the OmniPod tubeless insulin pump. He commented, "The OmniPod helps me feel free -- especially for swimming and all the other fun stuff I like to do in the summer. I love not having any tubes!"

The Diabetes Dude will be travelling in the Diabetes Dude Mobile stopping at the following events during the "I Feel Free" Summer Tour:

  • July 3, 2011 - Camp Nejeda, Stillwater, N.J.
  • July 9, 2011 - Children With Diabetes Friends for Life Annual Conference, Orlando, Fla.
  • July 11, 2011 - The American Diabetes Association Camp Victory, Anacoco, La.
  • July 13, 2011 - The American Diabetes Association Camp Aldersgate, Little Rock, Ark.
  • July 15, 2011 - The American Diabetes Association Camp Granada, Monticello, Ill.
  • July 22, 2011 - Camp Kno-Koma, Anthony, W. Va.
  • July 24, 2011 - Camp Possibilities, Wilmington, Del.

The Diabetes Dude appearances will include educational talks about Type 1 Diabetes awareness building, a dancing session by Danie The Dancing Flamingo to learn the "The Flamingo Glide," as well as OmniPod "Pod" decorating activities.

About the "I Feel Free Tour"
Noah Brokmeier, The Diabetes Dude, his parents, sisters and brother will be touring the country throughout the month of July, visiting diabetes camps and events all over the United States to help inspire kids of all ages to raise awareness in their own communities and to prove that people can still do anything they want, even with diabetes. For more information on the "I Feel Free Tour" please visit http://www.thediabetesdude.com/The_Tour.html.

About the Diabetes Dude
Noah Brokmeier, The Diabetes Dude, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2007 at the age of 6. After being diagnosed, Noah embarked on a national "flocking" campaign to raise awareness about Type 1 Diabetes. The campaign began by sending blue plastic flamingos to family and friends asking that they place the flamingos on their lawns to spark conversation about Type 1 Diabetes. Noah's unique and innovative approach to raising awareness became an instant hit and he soon began receiving requests for his blue flamingos from thousands of people across the country. Noah now uses the tubing-free OmniPod insulin pump which allows him to take part in a variety of sports, as well as make public appearances as "The Diabetes Dude" to talk about what it is like to live with Type 1 Diabetes. Noah's positive outlook has been an inspiration to everyone he encounters and shows that Type 1 Diabetes doesn't have to get in the way of being a normal kid.

About the OmniPod Insulin Management System
The OmniPod Insulin Management System is the world's first tubeless insulin pump. The OmniPod offers people living with insulin-requiring diabetes all the benefits of insulin pump therapy, with freedom and ease. The tubing-free OmniPod insulin pump has just two easy-to-use parts: the discreet, waterproof Pod, which automatically inserts and can be worn on many parts of the body to hold and deliver insulin; and the Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM), a hand-held device that wirelessly programs the Pod, calculates suggested doses and has a built-in blood glucose meter. For more information on the OmniPod insulin pump, please visit: http://www.myomnipod.com/.

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