LIFE changed for a Rugby family the day nine-year-old Meg Pollitt was diganosed with type 1 diabetes.
Now they want to raise awareness of the conidtion as well as vital funds for Diabetes UK.
Meg’s Dad Christopher is taking part in the Great North Run in honour of his daughter, who was told she had diabetes last month.
He said: “On July 6 my beautiful and wonderfully brave daughter Meg was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
“Our lives changed the day Meg was diagnosed, but our family is determined to make sure her life stays wonderful. “
“By helping to raise money and awareness I want to do my bit towards that end.”
He said his daughter is growing more independent each day and they are learning to cope with their new lifestyle.
Christopher said: “We are starting to get our heads around medication and diet.
“It’s slowly but surely coming together and becoming part of life.”
He said many people are unsure of the difference betewen type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Christopher added: “Type 1 cannot be prevented.
“It is not known why it develops and it is not connected with being overweight.
“Our family do not have a history of diabetes so we are learning with Meg.”
Christopher is currently training hard for the 13.1 mile race which takes place on Sunday, September 18 in Newcastle.
To sponsor him visit http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Pollitt
Ann Rowe, the Diabetes UK Northern & Yorkshire fundraising manager, said: “I would like to encourage other runners to Join Team Diabetes UK and help raise money to fund vital research into finding a cure.”
For more information you can phone 01325 488 606 or email northyorks@ diabetes.org.uk