NHL player with type 1 diabetes shares his story

NHL player with type 1 diabetes shares his story

The inspiring true story of a relentless, driven young man and his road to success in professional sports while living with type 1 diabetes.

On June 13, 2019 the BC Diabetes Research Network hosted community members for a special knowledge exchange event at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. The event was a documentary film screening for young people with diabetes, their parents and caregivers, community partners JDRF, Diabetes Canada and our academic researchers and trainees. 

Link to video highlights from the special event.

The documentary film “Miracle, Baby”, chronicles the life of a professional National Hockey League player Cory Conacher living with type 1 diabetes. The film was created by Supre Incorporated and made possible through a partnership between filmmaker Calvin Hwang and Novo Nordisk Canada.

The highlight of the night was a live Q&A with the NHL player, Cory Conacher, streaming from his home in Ontario. Audience members young and old were able to interact directly with the Cory who answered their questions ranging from:

“What is your favorite snack when you are low?”

“What do you eat before you work out?”

“Will you be at D Camp this summer?”

The event concluded with an on screen glimpse of the final NBA game between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors. The audience cheered for the Raptors as they won the NBA Championship and made history.

The BC Diabetes Research Network is grateful to the University of British Columbia for its support to provide opportunities like this special event to create interactions between the research community and the diabetes community.