The sky is the limit for one loving mother as she strives to improve the lives of people like her son whose health depends on daily injections.
Kirsty Allan’s three-year-old son, Spencer, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in December last year.
Since then, he has needed no less than four insulin injections a day, has had to have ‘finger prick’ tests every two hours to monitor his blood sugars and has had to have all of his food ‘carb counted’.
“There can be huge health implications if it’s not managed well, such as loss of sight and amputations,” said Kirsty, of Bury St Edmunds.
“It was a massive shock and has been life-changing for us all,” added the Abbots Green teaching assistant who also works part time at Javelin.
Her son’s symptoms included feeling very thirsty and hungry but his diabetes went untreated for weeks, leaving Kirsty determined to raise awareness of his condition and its warning signs.
“Spencer had been struggling with his diabetes for about two months before we realised, so if we can get the warning signs out there and help another family that would be amazing,” she said.
So, in an effort to do just that, on October 2 the 30-year-old will be joined by seven friends - including fellow T1D sufferer Rebecca Popham - as they skydive for JDRF, the world’s leading charitable funder of T1D research.
They have each paid for the jumps themselves so all of the money raised will go directly to the charity.
“I’m incredibly nervous about it,” said Kirsty.
To sponsor the brave mum, go to www.justgiving.com/Kirsty-Allan7