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People With Diabetes Endure Swim Across English Channel to Raise Money for JDRF

July 21, 2011

HIGH WYCOMBE, England, July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

Using the waterproof* Animas(R) Vibe(TM) Insulin Pump and CGM System,
People with Diabetes to Participate in Channel Swim Relay

Six swimmers congregate along the Dover coastline today, to participate
in a 17-hour relay swim across the English Channel to France. The relay
event, sponsored by Animas(R),aims to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation (JDRF) and celebrate people with diabetes performing at
their best. To date, the relay team has already raised more than GBP1,900
for the JDRF, through their ‘Just Giving’ website at:

http://www.justgiving.com/animas-swimmers.

Three of the swimmers participating in the Channel Swim Relay are people
with Type 1 diabetes, and will not only have to overcome the physical
exertion of the challenge and cold water temperatures, but will also fight
to keep their blood sugar levels under control throughout this long, arduous
swim. Each has lived with Type 1 diabetes for more than 10 years, and is
able to participate in the event and control their blood sugar levels thanks
to the help of their Animas waterproof* insulin pump.

“Our team has spent the last seven months training for this exciting
event, and we look forward to making history as we show the world that
people with diabetes can truly live a life without limits,” said Mark
Blewitt, an experienced long distance Channel swimmer and captain of the
Channel Swim Relay team. “I have been living with Type 1 diabetes for many
years, and am thrilled that my Animas(R) waterproof* insulin pump is
enabling me to participate in this long-distance swim, while closely
monitoring and controlling my blood sugar levels.”

The Channel Swim Relay will begin near Shakespeare’s Cliff/ Samphire Hoe
(which is between Folkestone and Dover), and ends near Cap Gris Nez, between
Boulogne and Calais. The total swimming time can be from 12 to 17 hours
depending on the current. The temperature of the sea in July will be
approximately 15-18 degrees celcius. Swimmers will also have to endure a few
water hazards, such as seaweed, and jellyfish.

“I’m excited to be taking on this major challenge,” said Matt Cox, a
member of the Channel Swim Relay team. “My son was also diagnosed with
diabetes and I want to show him that he doesn’t have to adjust his goals in
life because of his diabetes. I’m hoping this challenge will help Jack and
other people with diabetes strive to achieve exactly what they want in
life.”

Cox added, “I feel confident about the swim challenge ahead. The
waterproof* element of both the Animas(R) 2020(TM) and Animas(R) Vibe(TM) is
a bonus to me as I can carry on with my training feeling reassured that I
can continue to control my blood sugar levels. Since wearing an Animas(R)
pump, my daily lifestyle has improved and I have much more freedom now that
I don’t have to carry around syringes to take my insulin doses.”

More than 2.6 million people in the UK are currently living with
diabetes, with approximately 10% of those having type 1 diabetes.[1] If the
condition is not managed properly people can develop a complication called
hypoglycaemia, as a result of blood sugar levels dropping below the normal
range, leading to unconsciousness if left untreated.[2] Fear of
hypoglycaemia is the strongest barrier to regular physical activity in
adults with type 1diabetes.[3]

“We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Animas to
celebrate people with diabetes performing at their best,” said Sarah
Johnson, director of policy and communications at the JDRF. “This relay
proves that you don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer to achieve goals like
this. We want to continue to encourage people with Type 1 diabetes to feel
in control of their condition. Advances in pump tools have made it easier
for people to administer insulin and monitor their blood sugars more closely
so that they can effectively manage their disease.”

To find out more about the Channel swimmers, please visit
http://www.facebook.com and search for the ‘Animas(R) Channel Swim’
group page. To pledge your support for the Channel Swim Relay and the JDRF,
please visit the ‘Just Giving’ website at:

http://www.justgiving.com/animas-swimmers.

Notes to editor

About the Swimmers

In total, six swimmers will participate in the Channel Swim
Relay-including three people with diabetes:

        - Captain Mark Blewitt: diagnosed at age 13, Mark has
          successfully completed open water swims in Lake Windermere, the English
          Channel, Loch Lomond and the Gibraltar Straights.
        - Claire Duncan: after her diagnosis at age 23, Claire became
          interested in running and completed over a dozen marathons. She recently
          completed an "Ironman" triathlon-a race including a 2.4 mile swim, 112
          mile cycle and 26.2 mile run.
        - Matt Cox: diagnosed nearly 25 years ago, the 37 year-old
          Stockport resident recently participated in the Manchester 10k Run.
          Cox's son Jack also is diagnosed with diabetes.

About Type 1 diabetes

        - Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening condition
          that has a life-long impact on those diagnosed with it and their
          families. JDRF exists to find the cure for type 1 diabetes. [4]
        - People with type 1 diabetes rely on multiple insulin injections
          or pump infusions every day just to stay alive, until we find the cure.
          [4]
        - It often strikes children and stays with them for the rest of
          their lives.[4]
        - Type 1 diabetes affects about 350,000 people in the UK, over
          25,000 of them children.[1]
        - Type 1 diabetes reduces life expectancy by about 20 years.[1]

About JDRF

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation exists to find the cure for type 1
diabetes and its complications, and is the world’s leading charitable funder
of type 1 diabetes research. At a global level JDRF volunteers and staff
have been responsible for raising over GBP850 million to support type 1
diabetes research since the charity’s inception. http://www.jdrf.org.uk

About Animas(R)

As part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, Animas is
dedicated to creating a world without limits for people with diabetes
through a wide range of products, including the Animas(R) Vibe(TM) and
Animas(R) 2020 insulin pumps, and ezManager(R) software. Animas, from the
Latin word meaning “true inner self or soul,” has been committed since 1996
to meeting individual patient needs through the development of
life-performance technology and customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, 365 days a year. To learn more about Animas, visit
http://www.animascorp.co.uk/ or email AnimasUK@its.jnj.com.

About Animas(R)Vibe(TM)

Animas(R) Vibe(TM) marks the first integrated product offering from
Animas Corporation, makers of high-performance insulin pump technology and
Dexcom, Inc., [http://www.dexcom.com ] a leader in continuous glucose sensing
technologies. Unique features include:

        - The latest technology available from Dexcom - Dexcom G4(TM),
          a tiny, round and flexible sensor with the smallest introducer needle as
          compared to Abbott Freestyle Navigator(R) and Medtronic Sof-Sensor(R)
        - Advanced high-contrast colour pump screen technology, that
          displays glucose trends with coloured arrows and lines showing where and
          how fast glucose levels are shifting
        - Dexcom sensor technology approved for up to seven days of wear,
          delivering more days of CGM data than those approved for a shorter
          duration
        - Waterproof durability up to 12 feet (3.6 metres) for 24 hours
          for the insulin pump, with a Dexcom G4(TM) Transmitter that is
          waterproof at 8 feet (2.4 metres) for 24 hours
        - Customisable alarms to indicate high and low glucose levels
          including a hypo-safety alarm fixed at 55 mg/dL (3.1mmol/L)
        - Low basal increment (0.025 U/hr) across all available ranges for
          precise dosing
        - Compatibility with Diasend(R) [http://diasend.com/site ]
          communications software, enabling patients to store, review and print
          both CGM and insulin pump data

Animas(R) Vibe(TM) received CE Mark approval in Europe in June 2011. It
is not approved in the U.S. or anywhere outside of Europe.

References

1. Diabetes UK. Diabetes in the UK 2010: Key Statistics on diabetes. May
2010

2. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC).

http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/hypoglycemia/

3. A. Brazeau, R. Rabasa-Lohret, I. Strychar, H. Mircescu, Barriers to
physical activity among patients with type 1diabetes, Diabetes Care 31
(2008) 2108-2109.

4. JDRF. Type 1 Diabetes Facts.

*The Animas pump is waterproof up to 24 hours and at a water depth of up
to 12 feet/3.6 meters. AN11-1181A

SOURCE Animas Corporation


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