This year NthSide Fitness is back with another team hoping to conquer Point to Pinnacle while raising funds for a cause close to our heart. In our gym community we have many members that either directly or indirectly understand all too well the challenges that come with living with Type 1 Diabetes. JDRF Australia is built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on an international stage to pool resources, passion and energy.
Their mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications
This event is regarded as the world's toughest half marathon so we need plenty of motivation to get us up that mountain on the day & raising funds for JDRF Australia will be a big source of that motivation.
Here are a few words from one of our team members, Shea about her sister & fellow Point to Pinnacle teammate that really highlight the importance of why we are running for JDRF...
Behind the exquisite smile of Olivia Varrasso lies 20 years of incredible bravery.
Unlike the majority of Australians who are well into their adulthood when diagnosed with a chronic disease, Olivia was only 6 years old when she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong autoimmune disease that destroys the ability to produce insulin, a hormone which is vital for life. In order to merely stay alive Olivia has had to withstand tens of thousands of blood sugar finger prick tests, just as many insulin injections, hundreds of doctors appointments and dozens of hospital admissions.
Unfortunately, the future is pretty grim for Type 1 Diabetics. Health complications as a result of this disease are common and severe and include kidney failure, blindness, pregnancy complications, amputation, heart disease and stroke.
Advancements in research have enabled Olivia to swap her syringes for an insulin pump and the finger prick test for a scanning device however she, along with 120,000 other people, most of them children, continue to dream of a cure.
Let’s help Olivia commemorate 20 years of courage, resilience and positivity by generously donating to this worthy cause to ensure that in 20 years time we are celebrating a life free of this dreadful disease!
Get behind us!! Every little bit counts.
"Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful".
Thanks for your support.