Lesley Gallent from Caerphilly raised £1,614 for the JDRF One Walk Cardiff in 2018, following her daughter Eve’s diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in July 2018, aged six.
Here she talks about what the One Walks mean to her, and the hope these events bring for Eve’s future:
“We signed up to The Cardiff One Walk as we 100% support the work and research JDRF undertakes to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. We would desperately like to see a cure during Eve’s lifetime.
I strongly believe the more we engage and support each other, the more chance we have of a better future and lifestyle for our type 1 loved ones.
Seeing so many people connected with type 1 diabetes brings mixed emotions. It is sad that we are affected by this illness, but it is also good to see you are not alone; there are plenty of people out there in the same position who are also hoping for a cure, and willing to help find one by taking part in this event.
We also think it as a good opportunity for Eve to see that she is not alone with the condition – that there are other children who are the same as her.
Eve has been living with type 1 diabetes for just over a year now but we feel hopeful and grateful that the treatments our fundraising is contributing to are making life better for all those with the condition.
After a short time Eve was lucky enough to have the Medtronic MiniMed 640G which was a massive positive change for us and gave us and Eve a little more freedom.
I hope that the technology treatments will be freely available to all with type 1, as these are life changing and allow children and adults to live as normal a life as possible.
The support we have from other people connected to type 1 is amazing, it brings a tear to my eye every time I think of it. Anytime day or night there is someone there.
If anyone reading this is feeling isolated please remember you are not alone. Reach out to the type 1 community on social media, speak to your nurse – there are loads of people who have felt the same as you who are more than willing to help.”