The inspiring documentary on Cory Conacher,
a professional hockey player living with Type 1 Diabetes
WORLD DIABETES DAY
ABOUT THE FILM:
Burlington native and Tampa Bay Lightning signee Cory Conacher may have racked up an impressive list of hockey achievements, but a relentless series of life defining health complications and confidence shattering setbacks prove that his athletic achievements are a miracle of his own making.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
The award-winning filmmaker Calvin Hudson Hwang was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Following a “practical” career in advertising, Hwang transitioned to behind-the-camera after studying filmmaking in Los Angeles. Hwang created the multiple award-winning health education platform Real LIFE STORIES for Johnson and Johnson, where it received unanimous praise for the intimate, authentic and inspirational portrayal of people living with health conditions. Hwang founded the education company SUPRE in 2018 applying his unique combination of talents to continue producing educational documentaries for the benefit of the health-impacted community.
ABOUT RAISING DIABETES AWARENESS
In an effort to raise awareness on recognizing early symptoms of diabetes, MIRACLE, BABY is being made free to watch online starting World Diabetes Day (November 14th) until the end of Diabetes Awareness Month (November). This awareness campaign has been made possible through the generous support of our community outreach partners and sponsors.
Roughly 10% of diabetes cases are Type 1 Diabetes.
ABOUT TYPE 1 DIABETES:
Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a chronic auto-immune condition, where the body attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Insulin is an important hormone that regulates how the body stores energy. People living with T1D must closely monitor their blood and inject insulin into the body to help control their blood sugar levels.
Although T1D can appear at any age, it is most commonly diagnosed in childhood and early adulthood. A diagnosis of T1D can be confirmed with a blood test.
Symptoms include increased thirst, urination, and unintended weight loss.
The is currently no cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
T1D is often confused with the more common Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). T2D occurs when the body builds up a resistance to or cannot produce enough insulin. Risk factors for T2D include genetic predisposition, inactivity, smoking and being overweight. Unlike T1D, healthy lifestyle modifications can help mitigate the onset or severity of T2D.
The theme for diabetes awareness month and World Diabetes Day 2019 is Family and Diabetes.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is raising awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected, and promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.
Families are urged to learn more about the warning signs of diabetes. Research conducted by IDF in 2018 discovered that parents would struggle to spot this serious life-long condition in their own children. Despite the majority of people surveyed having a family member with diabetes, one-in-three wouldn’t spot them at all.worlddiabetesday.org
The findings underline the need for education and awareness to help people spot the diabetes warning signs early.
A lack of knowledge about diabetes means that spotting the warning signs is not just a problem for parents, but is an issue impacting a cross-section of society. This is a major concern, due to the signs being milder in type 2 diabetes, the most prevalent form of the condition, responsible for around 90% of all diabetes. One in two people currently living with diabetes are undiagnosed. The vast majority of these have type 2 diabetes.
Left untreated or unmanaged, diabetes can lead to life-changing complications. These include blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. Diabetes was responsible for four million deaths in 2017.
This November, IDF is urging people to test their diabetes knowledge and assess their risk of type 2 diabetes through an online quiz and assessment.
View WDD 2019 campaign resources and find out how you can help spread the word about diabetes in November.
Exclusive to registered users: submit a question to Cory and the filmmakers. Responses to the top questions asked will be posted to the community at a later date.