Running to combat diabetes
Thomas’ parents Gosia & Stefan tell us why their family decided to run with the Young Diabetes Connections network (YDC).
‘Our son Thomas was diagnosed in March 2017 with Type 1 diabetes. When you get diagnosed there’s a lot to take on board, both from Thomas’ perspective and the family as a whole.
‘Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition and something one has to learn to live with. We went to King’s for four days after Thomas went in A&E and was diagnosed. We received absolutely fantastic all round service from King’s. All the staff were really supportive and made the process for Thomas and ourselves easier to accept and cope with!
‘When the opportunity came to support the diabetic team at King’s, we felt it would be a great way to get the family together, give back and say thank you. We also hope to help other patients and families like ours who might need support with diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, now and in the future.
‘Thomas and our whole family were happy and proud to be a part of the race in the stunning setting of Greenwich Park and we are all looking forward to supporting YDC again in the future.
‘By running as a family and fundraising for YDC we were hoping to spread more awareness on Diabetes Type 1, help our son build confidence and prove that whatever your diagnosis you can make a difference and live a normal life.’
Young Diabetes Connections provides education and fun events for children and young people with diabetes. Find out all the ways you can get involved to support patients at King’s.