Matt's Mates





  • We are Team Matt's Mates

    We are Team Matt's Mates

We will turn Type One into Type None

Welcome to our JDRF One Walk team page! 

Team proudly sponsored by:  The National Realty Group, Newks Eatery & Longoria Dentistry

Tshirts by Michael Perschke of Total Control LLC

November 2012 Matthew's life changed forever.  He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  It has been an incredibly hard adjustment but we are dealing with this new way of managing life as positively as we can. After 24 hours in the ICU with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and in total 3 days in hospital we went home to a new routine. His new normal started off with multiple daily injections just so he could eat. Every carbohydrate he eats must be counted & insulin given. He has to check his blood glucose levels several times a day too. 23 months on we manage his diabetes in a different way. He is on an insulin pump and wears a CGM (continuous glucose monitor). We still have to calculate the carbohydrates, but have now learned how to take other things such as dietary fat, exercise,illness etc into consideration.  It's not easy !

Matthew has been absolutely amazing. He  haswill power some people dream of. He just finished his second season of Cross Country running. Took part in track & field training at school, and in particularly  loved the hurdles. He tries everything, all the while whilst having to maintain a very tricky balance with his blood sugar levels.

He is on his 2nd year also of playing the trumpet and is in the schools Concert Band. He is hoping to make Symphonic Band for the next school year. ***Update - he made Symphonic Band !***

****Wow, huge news.  My dear friend Nicola Speedie nominated me for being a Houston Dynamos Ching's Champion. With her passionate essay that she wrote, I won! Which means JDRF are in the spotlight and we get to raise awareness on a huge scale. Thank you so much!Here is the link to what Ching's Champions is about: ********* Thank you Nicola


Huge thank you to the following companies and friends who donated gifts, gift cards, and prizes for our fundraising raffle.  With their help, we raised an additional $1090! Thanks to the following: Longoria Dentistry, Kami Battaglia-Scorpiniti of Younique Products and of Kamiscorpdesigns, Naomi Bronaugh of Pink Papaya andher  other company Swoon Cakery, Alicia's Mexican Grill, Top 8 Nails and Spa,Suburban Girl, Magpie Gifts, Painting with a Twist, Color Me Mine, Menchie's, Kirstine Duncan of Scottish Accents, Karen Lee of Verve Homestaging, Salons at Stonegate,  Nicola Speedie for her beautiful fall wreath, Ros Fitt-Boyland for her British candy pack from the UK, Mrs Gillian Davis for some spirits.

Here's some more information:

We're taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type  1 diabetes (T1D) from people's lives until no one has to fear  developing this disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and making a donation to JDRF, you'll raise money to help fund critical T1D research and create a world without T1D.

Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.

JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.

The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to thedaily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.

Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? Just click on the "Join thisTeam" button, make a donation, and start fundraising.

To see Matthew’s story and that of others, check out 2014 video

Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!

Shaun, Carolyn, Matthew & Kimberley Boardman


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Date and time

October 25, 2014
Check-in: 7:30 AM
Starts: 9:00 AM
Length of walk: 5K


Reliant Park
1 Reliant Parkway
Houston, TX 77054



Clara Utley
Email | (713) 334-4400

Houston Gulf Coast Chapter
2425 Fountain View
Suite 280
Houston, TX 77057