Canyon encourages those living with diabetes to pursue their dreams
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.