Sean Busby’s Diabetes Heroes Series: Matt Schmitz

Posted by sean on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:54 in

In a series of 12 episodes, Podder Talk is featuring interviews between professional snowboarder Sean Busby and inspirational people in the diabetes community. In the eighth episode, Sean interviews Matt Schmitz, a 29-year-old, 10-year veteran of type 1 diabetes, who is an avid cyclist and Riding On Insulin coach. 

Matt Schmitz was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19. After seven years of being isolated from the diabetes community, Matt decided to get involved and help raise money for diabetes research. He joined a JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes and did a 100-mile bike ride, and was instantly hooked. Matt has since raised thousands of dollars for research with the support of his friends and family. A volunteer coach for Riding On Insulin and Hope on 2 Wheels, Matt hopes to help inspire others living with type 1 diabetes to unlock their full potential to live healthy and fulfilling lives.