A Cochrane boy is on a mission to raise awareness and raise funds to find a cure for type one diabetes (TID). 

Brodie Rosene will be taking part in the second annual JDRF Canada Walk in Cochrane next month. 

The 12-year-old said there was about 50 people who participated in last year's event. 

"Lots of people in my family came, some of my friends and people who also have the same experience came and we invited a lot of people to come join as well."  

He was diagnosed T1D in 2019 when he was just seven-years-old.

Rosene needs to monitor everything he eats. 

"It's shocking even though I'm not the same as everybody, I can still eat stuff, although it's just a bit different."

Rosene relies on an insulin pump to give him his medications. Prior to his pump, he would have upwards of 15 pokes a day. With the pump, he gets one to two pokes every three days. 

Brodie's mom, Megan Hamel said the event brings people together who are also dealing with T1D.

"It's a 24/7 kind of thing, everybody in the family has to navigate it, not just the child. So it's great to talk to parents, siblings, talk to other siblings and how they all manage their lives."

Brodie and MeganMegan and Brodie at the 2023 walk 

Approximately 300,000 Canadians live with T1D.

"TID is an autoimmune disease in which a persons pancreas stops producing insulin. This has nothing to do with lifestyle or diet." said Hamel. 


The walk will go on Saturday, June 1 at Mitford Park. 

You can check in at 10 a.m. with the walk beginning at 11 a.m. 

The closing ceremonies will go at noon. 

2023 walk

Rosene raised over $2500 last year. To support his fundraising goal, go HERE.