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Megan's big swim


This is Megan Troian. She is 13 years old and has had Type 1 diabetes since she was four.

Megan's body does not produce insulin, requiring her to wear an insulin pump 24 hours a day.

Megan can do anything a child without diabetes can do, but it requires a lot of planning by both Megan and her parents.

We hope that Megan will grow up without suffering the debilitating complications that diabetes can cause, but there are no guarantees. Megan's biggest wish is to find a cure for diabetes so she can be just like her friends.

We want to show Megan that anything is possible, that anyone can make a difference and that she has a team of people behind her who love her and support her.

This year, Megan has set a huge goal for herself. She has pledged to raise at least $18,000 for the Canadian Diabetes Association by April 24.

If she is successful, she will travel with Team Diabetes Canada and her mother to Australia in July and run a 10- kilometre race to raise awareness and educate people about diabetes. So far, she has raised $13,000 and is closing in on her goal.

Pauline Barrett Aquatics is providing the community with a fun way to help Megan meet her goal by holding a swim-a-thon on April 4 from 2:30 p. m. to 4:30 p. m. All ages and abilities are welcome. Parents are welcome to swim with their children, and life-jackets and water wings will be provided, if needed.

For a registration form, to be returned to Pauline Barrett Aquatics, contact Deb Troian at 329-2293 or

There will be prizes for the top fundraisers so ask everyone you know to sponsor you and come out for a fun afternoon for a great cause.

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