One of Perth’s best-known diabetes doctors is in training to take on one of WA’s toughest physical challenges in a bid to raise funds for our local research into diabetes.
Director of Diabetes Services at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Endocrinologist Dr Joey Kaye (pictured above) is gearing up for the Ironman Western Australia event on December 2 in Busselton.
The 49-year-old's quest to complete the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run is our next fundraiser.
Joey has served on our Board for the past 13 years and says he was committed to make his participation in the Ironman more than just a personal challenge.
“I have treated and seen thousands of West Australians with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and they’ve inspired me no end with their dedication to their health even during the most difficult of times,” he said.
“So when I decided to see what my body could do in setting out to complete this triathlon it was an easy choice to raise money for Diabetes Research WA to further support people with diabetes who still so eagerly want to see breakthroughs and, ultimately, a cure.”
Dr Kaye said the fundraiser also helped highlight the importance of exercise for optimal health and the need for more research.
“Staying physically active can be hard for people with any form of diabetes as it can make managing their blood sugar level more problematic than normal but it’s so critical to short and long-term health and can help prevent complications that may stem from the condition such as heart disease,” he said.
On behalf of all of us at Diabetes Research WA Joey, we thank you for your tremendous contribution already given to so many people living with diabetes and now further extending your generosity to our cause! You are a wonderful leader in diabetes research and diabetes in general and we’re very proud and grateful. We admire your courage Joey and wish you the best of luck for your challenge.
Please help Joey reach his target by donating to Joey's fundraiser here https://give.everydayhero.com/au/joey-s-ironman-challenge
We are saddened to bring you this update on Joeys’s Ironman challenge. Unfortunately Joey had a very nasty fall from his bike after hitting a rut on the side of the road and has broken his clavicle which will require surgery for a plate to be inserted. He is devastated that he was unable to finish his challenge. This is really bad luck and we have assured him he is our champion Ironman no matter what.
Joey wanted us to pass this on ‘Thank you to everyone who has supported me, it kept me motivated and focused. I’m humbled by your generosity. I will be back next year and I’ll finish the Ironman then’.
We are so grateful for the extraordinary effort Joey has put in training for over a year, he has gone above and beyond in his efforts.
Please keep Joey in your thoughts as he works through the fallout from this setback.