Matt Human

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals, in partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will light the ice blue prior to their game on November 13th against the Red Deer Rebels to mark World Diabetes Day.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is an official United Nations World Health Day, annually celebrated on November 14. This date marks the birthday of Canadian Sir Frederick Banting, who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin in 1921 at the University of Toronto.

Together, the Victoria Royals and the JDRF are celebrating WDD with the theme of recognizing the 90th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. Since this innovation, Canadian researchers have been world-renowned for their leadership to cure, treat and prevent diabetes. This year, we honour Canadian Diabetes Champions like researchers Banting and Best.

“It’s very important to understand diabetes and how it affects the lives of people living with this disease,” Victoria Royals defenseman Kade Pilton said. “My sister has Type 1 Diabetes and I have witnessed the responsibilities that a person living with diabetes must assume. By creating awareness with events such as World Diabetes Day, we are hopeful that a cure can be found.”

Over 300,000 Canadian children and adults live with type 1 diabetes. And, over 3 million Canadians have some form of diabetes (9% of the Canadian population). According to the International Diabetes Foundation, the worldwide population affected by diabetes (both type 1 and 2 diabetes) is now 285 million, and will rise to 435 million by 2030.

Children with Type 1 diabetes are at risk of seizures from daily insulin reactions and if not treated promptly, death can result. These children can’t simply go to sleepovers or go hiking with a friend. They will face health complications as well as rigorous and constant demands for their entire lives.