Noah builds inspiration

INSPIRATION: Noah McCormack is a finalist in the DANII Foundation's Little Courage Award for people with Type 1 diabetes.

INSPIRATION: Noah McCormack is a finalist in the DANII Foundation's Little Courage Award for people with Type 1 diabetes.

Noah McCormack, 7, of Jimboomba continues to be an inspiration to his family, in spite of a  type 1 diabetes diagnosis  at age four.

His family will travel to Sydney this week with Noah who is a finalist in the DANII Foundation’s Justin Melvey Little Courage Award. The award will be presented by former Home and Away actor, Justin Melvey who is also a type 1 diabetes sufferer.  Melvey and his brother who also has diabetes lost their brother to the disease.

The DANII Foundation is Australia’s leading support group for Australian’s with type 1 diabetes and is being promoted for World Diabetes Day on November 14.

“I nominated Noah for the little courage award because he doesn't let this disease stop him one bit. He has ridden the roller coaster ride through all of its up and downs of type 1 diabetes; with the most incredible positive attitude a small person could have,” Noah’s mother Kate said.

“Noah loves extreme sports. He rides his motorbike with his insulin pump and CGM (continuous glucose monitor) in tow and does not let this stop him.He has shown me the true definition of courage and that fear won't stop him. He lives life to the absolute fullest and has incredibly big dreams he will grow into.  he has already taught me a lot about life.”  

Unlike Type 2 Diabetes there is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes, nor is much known about the cure. Those living with Type 1 Diabetes and their carers juggle a daily life of monitoring and assessment of blood sugar and all the issues that effect it.

“Things most of us take for granted, like food, exercise and stress can have serious impacts on a Type 1 Diabetic. For those who manage this disease and live full lives they are true heroes.”  founder of the DANII Foundation Donna Meads-Barlow said.

Ms  Meads-Barlow is the mother of Daniella, who died in her sleep as a result of type 1 diabetes, at age 17.

“We would love to see a cure, but simply we can’t wait as we then ignore the daily impact Type 1 diabetes has on 140,000 Australians who live with it.  Our advocacy led to a $54M funding program for the lifesaving Continuous Glucose Monitors in April this year (CGM’s alarm when blood sugar is dangerously low or high) for Australians under 21 with type 1 diabetes. We are now advocating this technology is available to every Australian with type 1 diabetes,” she said.