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Physician Goes to Extremes to Fight Diabetes

On four different occasions, Dr. Tim Hindmarsh of Samaritan Urgent Care Walk-in Clinic-Lebanon jumped from an airplane, water-skied barefoot and pushed his physical limits -- all to raise money for and awareness of diabetes.

In what he dubbed the "Act Alive Decathlon," Dr. Hindmarsh raced around Oregon attempting to complete 10 action sports in 24 hours or less. The decathlon was designed to highlight the best way to avoid type 2 diabetes: exercise. It also raised almost $25,000 for diabetes education.

Skydiving, windsurfing, slalom water-skiing, barefoot water-skiing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, downhill skiing, running, cycling and motocross made up the full slate of Act Alive events.

"I wanted people to come out and join me each time," said Dr. Hindmarsh. "The goal was simply to get out in the beautiful summer weather and make a statement about exercise and diabetes."

Act Alive participants participated in cycling and running the full distance with Dr. Hindmarsh or simply walking one mile during the final leg of the decathlon. Participants who joined Dr. Hindmarsh collected pledges, with all proceeds going to the Diabetes Education fund at the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation, which provides diabetes education scholarships to low-income east Linn County, Oregon, residents.

"Every penny that we raised through Act Alive went to the Diabetes Education fund," Dr. Hindmarsh said. "We have a huge percentage of people in our community who need diabetes education, and I'm very serious about helping them."

Oregon Health & Science University in Portland honored Dr. Hindmarsh with the "2006 Outstanding Contribution to Rural Health Award" for his efforts with Act Alive.

 

 

 

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