New fundrais­ing chap­ter

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Com­mu­ni­ Aaron Cor­lett

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.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Sarah Boul­ton sits among the books to be sold for char­ity. d459980

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