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July 26, 2012 Volume 33, No. 35

Two MU doctors to race kayaks next week to help diabetes patients

Two doctors at MU Children’s Hospital will tackle a 340-mile route on the Missouri River next week to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes. 

Pediatrician Thomas Selva and Medical Director Timothy Fete will compete in the seventh annual Missouri 340 Tuesday through Friday from Kansas City to St. Charles. 

Selva, Fete and five other kayakers are part of the Pediatric Diabetes Team. The teammates will row individual kayaks in the race. An avid woodworker, Selv, who has two children with Type 1 diabetes, will race in his home-built cedar strip kayak. 

Kayakers are allowed 88 hours to complete the river course.  

The Pediatric Diabetes Team is asking for donations that will go toward purchasing medical supplies for children with Type 1 diabetes.

“The funds we raise on this race will go a long way in making a difference for the Missouri families we care for,” Selva said.

 To make a pledge, contact Dale Powers at 884-1190. Follow Selva’s blog at