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Man runs from Disneyland to Disney World to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes

Man runs from Disneyland to Disney World to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes.
Man runs from Disneyland to Disney World to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes. Credit: Don Muchow

A Texas man literally ran into a magical celebration after completing a journey to raise awareness for the very illness that used to dominate his life.

Don Muchow completed his yearlong journey to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes on Monday – running from Disneyland in California to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Man runs from Disneyland to Disney World to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes.
Man runs from Disneyland to Disney World to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes. Credit: Don Muchow

Upon his much-anticipated arrival, Muchow was greeted by cast members and guests who lined the entrance to cheer him on.

The 59-year-old marketing director from Texas was diagnosed at the age of 3 years old, and at that time, there was no technology like there is today for him to monitor his glucose levels or help manage his diabetes.

As he grew older, a gym teacher told him to avoid exercise to lessen the risk of dangerously low blood sugars – he shouldn’t have listened to that advice, but not knowing any better, he did.

Man runs from Disneyland to Disney World to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes.
Man runs from Disneyland to Disney World to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes. Credit: Don Muchow

“In 2003, I was 42, and 50 pounds overweight, already with serious diabetic complications. By then, I knew that my gym teacher was wrong. I knew that exercise was crucial in helping Type 1 diabetics (T1Ds) stay healthy, control blood sugar and minimize complications.”

But everything happens for a reason. It was during his quest to regain his health that he decided he wanted to inspire others.

As a result, he has competed in triathlons, ultramarathons, bike rallies and half-marathons, all while managing his disease and showing others that anything is possible.

That eventually led to his idea to run from California to Florida. And to make it more fun, Muchow came up with the idea of running from one Disney theme park to the other.

So, he made the trip up to Disneyland in Anaheim, and over the next year, he traveled nearly 2,800 miles across nine states to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Muchow finally arrived and was greeted with a hero’s welcome at the Magic Kingdom where he spent the day hopping on some rides and eating some much-deserved ice cream.


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