It’s a long journey, but Dwayne “Bubba” Vermette is up for the challenge.
This is his third year doing a 100 KM walk raising money for diabetes, a disease he struggles with everyday.
“I just don’t want people to think it’s a life sentence, cause it’s not. You can make a change, as I have done, and all it takes is just getting out there and taking those first steps.”
Vermette was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2007. He said it took over his life, making him fall into a deep depression. He gained up to 300 lbs and it wasn’t until he got into a severe car accident that he decided to make a change.
“It took six fire men to carry me out of the car. I was in the hospital for a week and that’s when I realized that I have to change, because I was so heavy and I was kind of ashamed and embarrassed of how I let me body go.”
Since then Vermette has lost 75 lbs and has been insulin free for almost 3 years. He says he couldn’t have done it without the support of his wife, Erin Vermette,
“I am proud of him for doing it. It’s just something we can both accomplish together,” she said.
Vermette is walking 25 KM a day over four days. All of the money donated to the walk, will go to the Canadian Diabetes Association.