Will Cross: Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor gloom of night ... 

Who will cross physical obstacles and challenges such as getting to the summit of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents? Will Cross will, of course. Expedition leader Cross has climbed each of those highest mountains, trekked to the North and South Poles and he's done it all with type 1 diabetes that he's had since age 9.

Now 39, the one-time high school principal and father of six is coming to Boise to talk about his adventures at a Humphrey's Diabetes Center benefit. Diabetes didn't limit Cross on adventures--neither did the swift winds, freezing temperatures and treacherous ice walls. The man is unstoppable, and he's coming to share the motto that kept him going: "Remember what your dreams were and are."

Cross' presentation is part of the center's awards ceremony. Humphrey's is a not-for-profit community program, connected with both Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke's Regional Medical Centers, that says it offers "Education and research for long, healthy lives." And it sponsors the Living Well with Diabetes awards that are given to local people with diabetes who lead active, healthy lives. 

This year, the lineup of award winners includes 4-year-old Alex Black of Mountain Home, and 16-year-old Serena Stephens of Boise. Three other Boiseans will also receive awards, two of whom have had insulin-dependent diabetes for more than 50 years. 

--Jennifer Gelband

Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:30-8:30 p.m., $5, the Summit Room, Boise Centre on the Grove. 

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