Launched in August 2019, Woolley’s Warriors – a nonprofit founded by Mark Woolley – hopes of conquering diabetes with support and awareness for young athletes living every day with Type 1.

Mark, an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) defenceman diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 12, not only created WW28 with the goal of sending kids to Diabetes Canada D-Camps, but to ultimately connect those living with diabetes through sharing his story, while building a platform for others to share theirs.


Mark Woolley was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 12. Mark’s older brother, Matt, has had diabetes since birth, giving the Woolley parents the foundation to notice the same symptoms in Mark. Hockey had already become a huge part of Mark’s life, but it didn’t take long to learn that if he could manage diabetes properly, and take care of his health, it wouldn’t be a factor and he could still play the game he loves. Now, a defenceman for the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack, Mark has the goal to send kids to Diabetes Canada D-Camps, giving them the opportunity to learn how to live their lives with diabetes, while still living the life that they love.


Diabetes Canada works tirelessly to advocate for and support Canadians living with diabetes with helpful resources, education, research, and more.


Since D-Camps began more than 60 years ago, more than 20,000 children have attended Diabetes Canada’s camps for children living with Type 1 diabetes. Campers enjoy an authentic camp experience that combines fun activities, friendship, and education on how to manage their diabetes with help from medical professionals who are on site 24/7.

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