Wwe're proud to announce that Key West Coast Eagles forward Jamie Cripps is our latest Ambassador and we're proud!
He’s also helping spearhead our first crowdfunding campaign Help Crippa Kick Diabetes Research Goals – he has a goal - $60,000 to fund one of our diabetes research grants.
Jamie told us “I didn't let my diabetes stop me from playing AFL or doing anything else I dreamt about. But diabetes can be difficult to manage even with new technologies – you think about it every day. We can’t give up on finding a cure,”
Jamie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a week before the AFL’s (aussie rules) national draft in 2010 at the age of 18. He had to learn how to manages his diabetes with daily insulin injections and careful monitoring of his blood glucose levels.
Jamie was admitted to hospital seriously ill but he’s learned to tackle the challenge head-on and is now doing his bit to raise funds for research.
“I’m grateful that I can manage my diabetes well thanks to research advances, including the discovery of insulin many years ago now, but you definitely lose some freedom when you’re diagnosed – it’s a burden it would definitely be great to live without,” explained Jamie.
“I’m hopeful that by taking on this role with Diabetes Research WA, I can highlight the need for more research into all forms of diabetes.”
Help Jamie kick some research goals here - chuffed.org/project/help-crippa
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These guys are amazing. And they have pushed themselves to the limit.....we're so proud. Our support squad keeps growing. From all of us at DRWA thank you!