Di­a­betes walk fundraiser

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.

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