Olympian Kris Freeman to lead Childhood Chronic Health Conditions Awareness Week


CONCORD – A world champion Olympic cross-country skier who needs 
insulin injections five times a day to treat Diabetes, will serve as 
the honorary chairman of the annual Childhood Chronic Health 
Conditions Awareness week.
Kris Freeman, of Thornton, who has been a competitor on the world 
stage for more than a decade, holds the world championship in the 
30km and is a three-time National Champion in the 50km.
The week is an annual celebration of “amazing young people who 
overcome serious health issues,” said Jeff Woodburn, the Executive 
Director of the state Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions. It 
runs from November 16-22 with a full set of activities including an 
awards presentation to an adult and business advocate on November 18 
at 11 a.m. at the Concord Holiday Inn.
“Kris Freeman’s story is an inspiration to us all,” Woodburn said, 
“It teaches us about personal resiliency, perseverance and dedication.”

Freeman, 23, was diagnosed while training for the 2002 Olympic Games 
in Salt Lake City. He is the first diabetic to successfully compete at 
an international level in an endurance sport like cross country skiing.

The CYCC is a statewide advisory and advocacy organization that 
addresses issues that impact the lives of children with chronic 
illness and their families. More information is available at 

Jeff Woodburn, Executive Director
Council for Youths with
Chronic Conditions
Walker Building, Suite 22, 21 Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301
603. 271-7045/ Mobile phone 603.259.6878