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May 27, 2005

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Inspirational New Book Shows How One Man Found A Way To Live His Dreams With Diabetes Against All Odds

(Boulder, Colorado). Douglas Cairns had a thriving career as a pilot in the British Royal Air Force until he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. From that day on, life as he knew it changed forever. He was no longer able to fly the fighter planes that were his passion and his lifelong work.

Diabetes was not going to ground him forever. On September 24, 2002 Douglas Cairns began a remarkable flight around the world, Diabetes World Flight, to raise awareness for diabetes and to prove that despite setbacks dreams can be accomplished. His new book, Dare to Dream: Flying Solo with Diabetes (Albyne Press Limited) outlines his journey and the obstacles he faced to prove to the world that diabetes need not limit the scope of people's ambitions.

Dare To Dream: Flying Solo with Diabetes is an inspiration to anyone managing a disease who wishes to pursue their goals in life. The book talks honestly about the setbacks and loss of self that eventually helped Douglas Cairns reunite with his love of flying. Once he was able to fly again, he found ways to help others with diabetes and bring global awareness to the lack of medical supplies and attention outside of the western world.

To pursue his dream of flying, Douglas Cairns had to relocate to the United States where private pilot licenses are granted to people with managed diabetes complying with in-flight blood sugar testing regulations. He purchased a twin-engine plane and began his around-the-world travels from the U.S. At each stop, he met with leaders in the diabetes community and learned about the need for better care globally.

While in flight, Douglas Cairns paid enormous attention to managing diabetes and made sure that he had a sufficient supply of insulin and snacks available for any possible situation. Through blood glucose testing, he determined that he was on track the entire time, balancing insulin, snacks and meals in a way that kept him well within U.S. regulations for flying safely with diabetes.

After a five-month journey, Douglas Cairns had visited 22 countries and met with 19 diabetes organizations world-wide. He discovered that that diabetes is a growing epidemic. Many countries have overburdened healthcare systems to meet the needs of the growing diabetes problem. Additionally, there can be discrimination against people with diabetes and a stigma attached to the disease, a plight which Douglas experienced personally when he was first diagnosed.

Through Diabetes World Flight and now the new book, Douglas Cairns has become a known diabetes advocate. He has proved that he can safely renew his passion for flying and now challenges the world to focus on diabetes care so that no dream need be denied. In 2003, Flyer Magazine in the U.K. name Douglas Cairns Pilot of the Year for Diabetes World Flight and the effort made to change blanket discrimination against pilots with medical conditions such as diabetes.

Dare To Dream: Flying Solo with Diabetes (ISBN #0-9549929-0-3, $16.95) outlines the struggles, and adventures of Douglas Cairns, one man who was willing to accept his diabetes without destroying his dreams. The book is available on, and in bookstores nationwide.

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May 27, 2005

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