Family man, national hockey player and medical student - all this is Timur Oruz. Determined and ambitious are also appropriate descriptions. The 23-year-old was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six. But he would not let it slow him down. Why diabetes also has potential for him and what his first official action as Commissioner for the Disabled would be, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
Name: Timur Oruz Age: 23 City: Krefeld, Cologne, Witten, Germany Occupation:student (Relation to the topic) Impairment: type 1 diabetes and a physical impaired brother with learning disabilities
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Timur Oruz: That's a good question.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Timur Oruz: My whole family because they are the most important to me. Some of my coaches because with some of them I spent more time than with my family. My diabetes because it is a part of my life.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled in your country. What would you do first?
Timur Oruz: I would fire all employees and put together my own competent team out of people with disabilities and then turn at almost every screw.
When Timur Oruz was four years old, he took the hockey stick in his hand for the first time. When he was diagnosed with diabetes, he was lucky: His mother was a pediatrician and became his personal diabetologist. And nothing stood in the way of his hockey career.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Timur Oruz: To show other diabetics that this disease is by no means a restriction, but rather has a lot of potential in it.
I would like to be ...
Timur Oruz: I do not want to be anyone else.
Which question would you like to get answered?
Timur Oruz: Why can't one of the richest countries in the world adequately support its athletes?
What else I wanted to say...
Timur Oruz: I find REHACARE's commitment exemplary, but I would be happy if you would try to realize the dreams of disabled people through Crowdfundig or sponsors!