Type 1 diabetic Douglas Cairns lost his career as an RAF pilot trainer when he was diagnosed. He has recently been taking part in a flying project (www.dffusa.org) which involved crossing the USA in two twin-engine aircraft (Baron and Cessna 310) flown by three pilots with diabetes in formation. The project has raised over $27,000 for diabetes research so far and setting a new simultaneous transcontinental USA world speed record (subject to ratification).
Douglas says, “Please do pass details along, and please make a donation if you can! We now have a US-based foundation matching any subsequent donations up to the total target of $50,000 raised and it will be terrific to raise more with this 100% matching. See the donations link below (for UK tax payers) — funds go directly to JDRF USA & UK to help to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, with 70% of research projects supported benefiting people with type 2 diabetes also. A huge thanks go to the following for supporting our project with donations: Dexcom Inc., the continuous glucose sensor company, Threadneedle Asset Management, Get Real Consulting which is Jason Harmon’s company, (one of the three pilots), and also very much to Butch Weaver, another of the three pilots with diabetes, for hosting our training in Colorado at Easter, and for his links to foundations in the USA.”
Click here for a one-minute ‘taster’ about a 15-minute documentary about the ‘flight America’ event, due to be released in two months’ time.
To donate, click here.
To read more follow the efforts of www.pilotswithdiabetes.com here in the UK.