Elefant Traks Marks World Diabetes Day, Teams Up With Obey® Clothing & U.S. Filmmakers To Help Raise Awareness Around Type 1 Diabetes.
This Saturday 14th November is World Diabetes Day. To mark the occasion Elefant Traks will be teaming up with Obey Clothing® to stock a limited edition Shepard Fairey ‘Human Trial’ t-Shirt. All proceeds from t-shirt sales will go towards The Human Trial, a feature-length documentary that raises awareness around Type 1 Diabetes and follows one of America’s top research labs in their efforts to find a cure.
There is a personal link with Type 1 diabetes and Elefant Traks, with The Herd’s Sulo (Richard Tamplenizza) diagnosed four years ago after falling seriously ill whilst on tour. Richard comments:”Type 1 diabetes is a complex auto-immune condition, frequently confused with its bigger cousin, Type 2 diabetes. It’s a very difficult disease to manage and, for the moment at least, there is no cure. The health complications that can be caused by the disease are often devastating and sometimes fatal. I’m grateful that Elefant Traks is teaming up Obey and ‘The Human Trial’ filmmakers to raise much-needed awareness around this condition.”
The Obey ‘Human Trial’ t-shirt will be available to pre-order exclusively in Australia via the Elefant Traks store for $40. PRE-ORDER NOW!
TYPE 1 DIABETES FACTS - Type 1 Diabetes is caused by the immune system mistakenly turning on itself, destroying beta cells within the pancreas and removing the body’s ability to produce insulin. Insulin allows the body to process sugar to create energy – without insulin, the body literally starves as it cannot process food.
– Type 1 Diabetics must have a constant supply of insulin through injections or an insulin pump and they test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers at least four times a day. People with type 1 diabetes must be constantly prepared for potential hypoglycaemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycaemic (high blood sugar) reactions, which can both be life threatening.
-Aside from a shorter than average lifespan, Type 1 diabetics can experience life-threatening complications including eye disease, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke.
THE HUMAN TRIAL is a feature-length documentary directed and produced by Lisa Hepner and Guy Grossman with unprecedented, real-time access to one of America’s top labs – ViaCyte in San Diego, California. This groundbreaking film follows the team’s triumphs and failures in the lab as they attempt to make medical history at a landmark clinical trial in 2016.
OBEY CLOTHING® is a popular streetwear company founded in 2001 by street artist and illustrator Shepard Fairey as an extension to his work in activism. Shepard Fairey was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 16.