GI man to run NYC marathon following Type 1 diabetes diagnosis

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Running a marathon is a difficult task in itself. Doing it as a Type 1 diabetic is another challenge.

Doug Kosmicki trains for the NYC Marathon to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes. (KSNB)

“I think it'll be a challenge but I think I'm up for it,” Doug Kosmicki said.

Kosmicki was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes one year ago. When he noticed the symptoms he knew what it was right away. He had always been athletic and with this dropped on his shoulders he didn't know what life was going to be like.

“Wasn't sure I was going to be able to work. Obviously thinking of my dad,” Kosmicki said.

His dad had been diagnosed as a child and struggled with Type 1 his entire life.

“He had every complication. Including he went blind, he lost a leg, he had kidney failure, and then ultimately he passed away at age 32,” Kosmicki said.

As he began to build his strength, he heard about the organization called Beyond Type 1. It is a group that supports diabetics, looks for a cure, and has a team that runs in the New York City Marathon each year.

Kosmicki sent in a video to apply on a whim the night before the deadline. Now he is geared up to run with a group of people from all over the country including CEO's and a NASCAR driver. All to help raise awareness and help find a cure for this autoimmune disease.

“I'm learning to manage it and I'm able to but I think as a kid having this would be terrible,” Kosmicki said.

He hopes he stays healthy and train in the coming weeks. The race isn't until November 3, but people can donate to the cause to help Kosmicki at https://beyondtype1.org/