Disease unites and spurs trio to raise $22,000

Being young can be tough, but being young and diabetic can make life even tougher.

When Year 7 St Catherine’s School student Sarah discovered she had type 1 diabetes she was shocked.

As an active teenager who loved her sport, she said she felt “my life was over”.

“When I got diagnosed they told me all the symptoms and I said ‘I’ve had those all term’,” Sarah said.

Luckily, she hasn’t had to restrict her diet too much, but she said she now has to “dose” before she eats certain foods, meaning she must self-inject insulin between four and five times a day.

Staff at her Toorak school helped her adjust to her condition by putting her in touch with two other students, Eloise and Mia, who also have type 1 diabetes. Together the girls recently raised $22,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

St Catherine’s principal Michelle Carroll said the school was proud of the girls’ efforts. “The way the girls came together and collaborated to raise the amount of funds for this worthy cause is inspiring,” Mrs Carroll said.


Rebecca Di Nuzzo

Stonnington Leader

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