Mum’s do­ing her bit with a mil­lion steps

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

A woman from Ash­ford is walk­ing one mil­lion steps to raise money for Di­a­betes UK af­ter her five year-old son was di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion.

Rae O’Sul­li­van, 26, will be tak­ing 10,000 steps a day – the equiv­a­lent of five miles – to reach her tar­get by the end of Septem­ber and to raise aware­ness of Type 1 di­a­betes.

Her son Iza­iah was di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion seven weeks ago.

Di­a­betes UK’s spon­sored One Mil­lion Step Chal­lenge takes place un­til the end Septem­ber.

Ms O’Sul­li­van said: “Iza­iah’s di­ag­no­sis came as such a shock, it was so sud­den.

“It was re­ally out of char­ac­ter for him. He was sud­denly tired with a chronic thirst – that was on a Wed­nes­day.

“By the Sun­day, I knew some­thing wasn’t right with him so I took him to the GP the next day, who tested his blood and came back with the di­ag­no­sis.

“He spent over a week in hos­pi­tal, but he’s been a lit­tle trooper – I’m very proud of him.”

Di­a­betes is a con­di­tion where there is too much glu­cose in the blood be­cause the body can­not use it prop­erly.

About 10 per cent of peo­ple with di­a­betes have Type 1 which is where peo­ple can­not pro­duce in­sulin and need to take daily doses.

Type 2 is where not enough in­sulin is pro­duced or the in­sulin doesn’t work prop­erly and is usu­ally con­trolled by a healthy diet and ex­er­cise.

Ms O’Sul­li­van said: “I’m tak­ing this chal­lenge for Di­a­betes UK to give some­thing back. The lo­cal com­mu­nity have re­ally ral­lied round since Iza­iah was di­ag­nosed and we’ve now raised more than £800 in just three weeks!

“I want to raise much more aware­ness so that one day we can find a cure.”

To spon­sor Rae visit www. just­giv­­li­van

Rae walk­ing her daily steps with son Iza­iah and her daugh­ter Isla-Rae

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