Diabetes walk fundraiser
BETWEEN them, Sophie, Lauryn, Alex and Maya have lived with type 1 diabetes for 37 years.
The St Hilda’s Year 9 students have teamed up to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Walk at Burswood Park on Sunday.
Maya Barnett, who was diagnosed with diabetes nine years ago, said the disease had brought the girls closer together.
“We love talking to our friends about our lives and how everything’s going but not everyone understands diabetes,” she said.
Dalkeith resident Sophie Lumby, who was diagnosed at four years old, said: “When I first came back from the hospital I thought the needles would stop once I got home so it was hard to adjust. I have about four needles a day.”
Boarder Lauryn Hope-Blyth said: “Where I’m from in the country, mum used to organise a walk and everyone would turn up to support it,” she said.
It was also a family affair for Dalkeith resident Alex Lester, who said her dad also had diabetes.
“Ever since I can remember, my dad’s had diabetes so I first did the walk two years ago but we’ve all teamed up this year,” she said.
JDRF chief executive Mike Wilson said the event, previously called the Walk to Cure Diabetes, raised more than $1 million last year.
“One Walk is a fantastic event that brings together the type 1 community and our broader supporters to raise awareness and funds for a condition with no known cure,” he said.
Visit jdrf-walk-wa-2015.every dayhero.com/au/s-l-a-mdiabeates to donate.
Walkers: Lauryn Hope-Blyth, Maya Barnett, Alex Lester, Sophie Lumby are taking part in One Walk on Sunday.