In 2008, Humber employee Stephanie Maggs ran her first half marathon for Team Diabetes.
Ten years later—with more than $70,000 raised and marathons run on six of seven continents—she shows no sign of slowing down.
In fact, Maggs is getting ready for another big challenge: a 2020 marathon on her final continent, Antarctica, and her biggest fundraising goal to date: $18,000.
“In 2002, my ex was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes,” Maggs explains. “He died in 2004 … A few years later I saw a post in Humber Communique regarding Team Diabetes. The article advertised the coming (run) locations, one of which was Disney. My son and I signed up, raised $9,000 for the event and did the half marathon together.”
Since then, she’s completed half marathons and marathons all over the world: in Greece, Italy, Brazil, Scotland, Australia, Africa and China.
“I am fortunate to have met so many amazing people on my travels, have experienced so many things and seen so many places. I don’t think I will be quite at $100,000 (funds raised) after Antarctica, so I have every intention of continuing to be part of Team Diabetes. I’m super proud to be the first Team Diabetes member to cover all seven continents raising money for diabetes and I’m looking forward to being part of the $100,000 club.”
Maggs raises money through a combination of hosting events, making specialty cakes, scented candles and, occasionally, dog biscuits.