diabetes world flight

- Aim
"To be the first pilot with Type 1 Diabetes
to fly around the world in a light aircraft and raise money for diabetes research".
- Douglas Cairns

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Activities 2005

2005 proved a busy year, with the publication of Douglas’ book "Dare to Dream: Flying Solo With Diabetes" in April plus a number of presentations to the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org), Taking Control of Your Diabetes (www.tcoyd.com), and Children With Diabetes (www.childrenwithdiabetes.com) conferences and exhibitions.

In September Douglas traveled to Asia where radio, television and newspaper interviews were held in Singapore to publicize his book. Then it was back to Scotland to present to Scottish Parliament in conjunction with Diabetes UK Scotland, discussing the issue of workplace discrimination due to diabetes. This was followed by a brief visit to Athens for a talk to coincide with the tail-end of EASD 41st Annual Meeting, plus another presentation at the Annual General Meeting of "Diabetes UK" in Coventry.

Between the above activities, over 300 flying hours were logged in the Diabetes World Flight Beech Baron (it’s only too good to catch up on lost career flying time!) including a trip from Colorado to Los Angeles, San Diego and Sedona in July, and to Minneapolis and San Diego in October.


"Dare To Dream: Flying Solo With Diabetes"

dare to dream book cover