Canyon en­cour­ages those liv­ing with di­a­betes to pur­sue their dreams

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Ge­orge Canyon fully un­der­stands the im­pacts of liv­ing with di­a­betes.

“It af­fected my life in a big way, phys­i­o­log­i­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally,” said Canyon, who was di­ag­nosed with Type 1 di­a­betes at the age of 14. “It made me feel os­tra­cized at times. I was at a party with my bud­dies and they had cake, but I had an ap­ple.

“I chose to em­brace and take con­trol of it, which was the big­gest thing for me.”

Canyon’s fa­ther, who was chief tech­ni­cian at the Aber- deen Hos­pi­tal lab in New Glas­gow, rec­og­nized the signs, so his par­ents were pre­pared for the di­ag­no­sis.

Canyon is the na­tional spokesman for the Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion. In 2009, he started the ‘Sky’s Not the Limit’ pro­gram, to en­cour­age young­sters with di­a­betes to pur­sue their dreams.

Canyon, a for­mer Air Cadet, who con­sid­ered be­com­ing a pi­lot in the Air Force, achieved one of his dreams in 2016 when he was given med­i­cal clas­si­fi­ca­tion that al­lowed him to ob­tain a pri­vate pi­lot’s li­cense.

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