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Rock-Climber with Diabetes on a 365-Day Climbing Challenge

Video: A man on a mission!

Steve Richert is on a year-long rock-climbing challenge where he is facing extreme weather conditions, encounters with bears and some of the country's most significant and monumental climbs.  He is doing this all while managing a serious chronic disease - type 1 diabetes. Managing diabetes, to Steve, is like climbing a mountain - it requires extreme focus, discipline and the right gear to keep him going.

Steve conceived of this "Project 365" challenge through his non-profit organization, LivingVertical, to empower, educate and inspire others to be confident about living with and managing their diabetes. Steve is documenting his adventures and regularly updating his blog so that he can share his inspirational story broadly with others.

As part of his climbing tour, Steve will be making an important stop at the country's largest climbing gym to formally kick off Steve's Mountain, a diabetes education, awareness & fundraising partnership with Roche Diabetes Care. For every "Like" of Steve's climbing videos featured on, Roche, the makers of ACCU-CHEK products, will donate $1 to the LivingVertical organization, to support his ongoing mission to inspire and empower others with the disease.

For more information about Steve and to see video of his journey thus far, visit

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