Type 1 young rock

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Near You -

TWO lo­cal 11-year-olds were among 36 chil­dren with di­a­betes type 1 to en­joy a rock star-themed camp last week. For chil­dren aged 11-12, the week-long camp at Point Wal­ter Recre­ation Cen­tre in Bic­ton was a chance for Jas­mine York, from Kens­ing­ton, and Jaxon Mayo, of Kew­dale, to con­nect with other chil­dren who had the con­di­tion. “I was re­ally ex­cited to meet other peo­ple with di­a­betes,” said Jaxon, who was di­ag­nosed at the age of eight. “Now I’ve made a lot of new friends.” Jas­mine, di­ag­nosed when she was 11 months old, said her favourite ac­tiv­ity was go­ing in the swimming pool. The camp helps par­tic­i­pants learn more about their con­di­tion, gain con­fi­dence man­ag­ing it, and ex­plore their in­de­pen­dence. Along with learn­ing ses­sions, the chil­dren took part in a range of fun phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ab­seil­ing, raft­ing and a hotly con­tested air gui­tar com­pe­ti­tion. Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal, Di­a­betes WA and Sports Chal­lenge Aus­tralia hosted the an­nual camp. Type 1 di­a­betes af­fects more than 11,000 Western Aus­tralians. There is no cure.

Pic­ture: Ge­orga McMullen.

Jas­mine York, from Kens­ing­ton, and Jaxon Mayo, from Kew­dale, show off the gui­tar and rock star T-shirts they made on camp.

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