I write this blog in support of my favorite little type 1 superhero Tristan, who lives on the other side of the world in Melbourne, Australia. Tristan is now 5 years old, and he got type 1 diabetes at the age of 2, just like I did 43 years ago. I met his mom in a Facebook group over a year ago. Tristan has struggled through some scary hospital visits in that time, and his mom stays strong to be there for her son, like so many parents do. She does SO VERY MUCH in fundraising for type 1 diabetes research. She never stops. She’s like Joan of Arc in the battle to find a cure for juvenille diabetes. Now her daughter Annaliesse is joining in the fundraising efforts in a unique way. It’s the Australia JDRF JUMP to Cure Diabetes. Annaliesse will be jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, with a tandem instructor, to support her little brother Tristan.
The reason this family is so special to me, is that once, when Suzette showed Tristan my picture and told him that I was type 1 diabetic like him, and that I got diabetes when I was 2, just like he did, Tristan told his mom that he wants to grow up to be strong like me. I still get a lump in my throat as I tell this story. Whenever I’m having a bad day with my diabetes, I remember this, and I stay strong, for kids like Tristan. For parents like Suzette. For brothers and sisters like Annaliesse.
Won’t you join me in supporting my friends in Melbourne? (Yes, we can donate here in the US, to the Australia JDRF.) In the comment of your donation, let them know you’re a friend of Rich the Diabetic. CLICK HERE TO DONATE and then click the orange ‘Donate to Participant” button on the right side of the page.
Kia Kaha Tristan, Suzette, and Annaliesse!!!