Woolley’s Warriors (WW28) – a nonprofit founded by Mark Woolley – was launched in August 2019 in hopes of conquering diabetes with support and awareness for young athletes living every day with Type 1.
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.
Mark, a defenceman with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack inspired through his own life experience with Type 1 Diabetes, created WW28 with the goal of raising funds to send kids to Diabetes Canada D-Camps.
Diagnosed at the age of 12, Mark remembers his very first concern was losing the game that was already such a big part of his life. The St. Thomas, Ontario native quickly learned, though, that it was possible to manage diabetes through the appropriate measures, allowing him to play the game he loved.
As Mark and Woolley’s Warriors not only act to raise funds to give kids that same opportunity through D-Camps, WW28 will ultimately seek to connect those living with diabetes as Mark shares his story, while building a platform for others to share theirs. With this, WW28 hopes to create a more informed world on life with diabetes.