New fundraising chapter
TAMMY Boulton is on a mission to help researchers find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Her daughter Sarah (8) was diagnosed with the condition when she was just two and in response, Mrs Boulton has raised about $40,000.
The Leeming family’s latest fundraiser is a book sale at the Collier Park Primary School, where Sarah and her sister Olivia (11) attend, with funds going to the Juvenile Research Diabetes Foundation.
“My motivation is to help researchers find out why it happens. I still know some people who think Rachel has type 1 diabetes because she had too much sugar,” Mrs Boulton said.
“I also want to raise awareness about the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.”
Mrs Boulton said type 1 diabetes affected Sarah in many ways.
“It affects her in every sense. Not only is it the physical aspect of having insulin injections, it’s the idea that she has to be monitored 24/7,” she said.
“She needs to be monitored during the middle of the night, which means she needs to be woken up and checked on.
“It doesn’t stop during the holidays and it requires extra planning if she stays over at a friend’s house.”
Mrs Boulton said Olivia had played an important role in raising money for diabetes research.
“I remember when Sarah was first diagnosed and Olivia asked how she could help; that’s when she came up with the idea of selling lolly jars,” she said.
Sarah Boulton sits among the books to be sold for charity. d459980