Inside my straight-laced New England Ivy League-type persona lurks an appreciation for those who push the envelope with their creativity. So far, no one in the diabetes world IMHO, has topped the Desert Dingo Racing Team: http://www.diabetes1.org/desertdingo.cfm (sorry, Nick J..).
First, what a cool name! It's macho without being aggressive, evocative without being trite. It implies perseverance. And from what I can tell, those characteristics really seems to represent the Desert Dingo racing team. Several of them have diabetes, and have worked hard to "keep on truckin" themselves. Yet that hasn't stopped them from turning their passion for custom built cars and off the road racing into a novel fund-raising vehicle for diabetes research.
I've really enjoyed following their preparations for the Baha 1000 on their blog: http://www.desertdingo.com/blog/ . Kind of like "Monster Trucks" with a purpose! You'll see that they're also really handy with tools which I also admire as a mechanically inept computer geek. Oh, and Special thanks to FatCatAnna: http://www.diabetes1.org/blogs/Annas_Blog, an "uber cool" PWD herself, for introducing us.
So, if you can, support some of the coolest PWD around- the Desert Dingo Racing Team. Record your 12 sec. PSA: http://www.diabetes1.org/desertdingo.cfm , follow their exploits, and consult a professional before you pick a welding torch or steering wheel and try to imitate them!