Battling Diabetes: The Quinn Clarke Story

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Quinn Clarke's life is a constant game. The D.C. Everest sophomore is constantly trying to get ahead and not beaten by diabetes, while continuing to play the game he loves.

"If you go too high and you don't treat it you could possibly die.

D.C. Everest sophomore hockey player Quinn Clarke was only one when his life would change forever, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

"I was in daycare and I collapsed," Clarke said. "And then they obviously took me to the hospital because they didn't really know what was wrong and they just diagnosed me with diabetes."

Despite having diabetes Clarke started playing hockey at age 4.

"For a lot of people some people don't let their kids play sports because they are scared of diabetes," he said. "It helps me appreciate you know my parents were willing to let me continue on."

And what's even more remarkable Quinn plays for both JV and Varsity so he does double the work with practices and games.

"It's always been an issue it can cause a lot of problems and I think overall it helps my determination very well."

Evergreens head coach Dan VanSlyke has been impressed by the way Clarke comes into practice each and every day.

"He never uses it as a crutch to get out of anything out of a game out of a drill out of a game any situation," VanSlyke said with a big smile. "He never wants to be left out."

In order for Quinn to play he uses a pump that creates artificial insulin to help control his blood sugar levels. Something that can be quite taxing.

"Most of the time I like to stay in the zone," Clarke stated. "But of course there's always that worry. For one the key is to get past that."

One way he helps his blood sugars if he is running low is by enjoying snacks.

"Well he loves his candy that is for sure," VanSlyke added. "You know if he needs something he gets off right away."

Even though Quinn has a disease that is the 7th leading cause of death in America, that doesn't deter or stop him from achieving his dreams on the ice rink.

Nobody's been more impressed than his longtime best friend and teammate Landon Elgersma.

"He never ceases to amaze me because of that," he said. I wish I could be more like him."

For Clarke there is no reason to put a limit on what you can do just because of a disease.

"Diabetes guys does not mean your... that you have to be done with anything or just stop doing the things you love." Just keep pursuing your dreams."

In Schofield Chris Williamson News Channel 7 sports.