Who are you?
I’m Brad Masson. I’m a member of the Marketing team on the Young Professional Leadership Council (YPLC) and one of the general overseer’s of the Diabetes MN blog, posting on behalf of the YPLC.
A little bit about me!
I’m a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelors degree in history. I currently work in the healthcare industry as an account manager with Medicare reimbursement at McKesson. I’m originally from the Chicago area, but I’ve been living in Minnesota and the Twin Cities since 1999. I spend most of my free time writing and reading, watching hockey and motorsports, and just hanging out with my friends in general.
What is your connection to diabetes?
I personally am not a diabetic. In fact, there isn’t much of a personal history of diabetes in my own family. Up until recently, the only person I knew with diabetes was my current roommate, which was really my only connection with diabetes at the time. Living with someone who has diabetes not only requires some basic knowledge of what to do in the event of an emergency, it allows me to learn and witness a lifestyle that differs greatly from my own.
How did you end up joining the YPLC?
My roommate is one of the founders of the YPLC, and invited me to join back in March of last year. From there, I joined the Marketing team at the YPLC and have helped volunteer at and promote some of our bigger events in the Twin Cities, such as the Tour de Cure, Step Out, and the promotion of Camp Needlepoint.
What do you hope to take away from your work at the YPLC?
Personally, I think the biggest takeaway from working with the YPLC is not only being a part of something bigger than myself, but also helping to create it. We’re attempting to establish a footprint not only in the community, but especially in our community’s youth. I also hope to establish long lasting connections and improve on my current skillset for the future.