Alec - I am swimming to help people like my sister!
My name is Alec. I am 11 years old and I am swimming 21 miles in 12 weeks to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes to help people like my sister, Hanna.
I am swimming 21 miles as part of the JDRF Make a Splash challenge. This is the distance of the English Channel between England and France and will be 1352 lengths of a 25 metre swimming pool.
So far I have swum 527 lengths, with 825 still to go! That translates to 8.23 miles done and 12.89 to go.
Hanna was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three, on 13 May 2013. I will never forget that Monday afternoon when my Mum took me out of school choir and said she will have to go to the hospital with Hanna. I was looked after by our neighbour before my Dad got back from work.
I didn’t know anything about type 1 diabetes, but quickly our lives changed forever. I visited Hanna in the hospital every day for three days and I witnessed her crying for every injection given. Hanna got an insulin pump after nine months of diagnosis which brought our lives closer to normal again.
Hanna has done over 15,000 finger pricks to test her blood glucose levels and thousands of insulin injections. I see her being hypo and hyper, and carbohydrate counting every meal and snack she has. No day is the same and nor are her blood glucose levels. I wish Hanna could grab random food and just eat or run herself out of breath not worrying if she is going to be hypo or hyper.
We need a cure for type 1 diabetes and we need it now. I’m glad to be involved in the Sponsored Swim and to be raising funds to support research.