JADE Coulcher knows more than most the impact diabetes can have on a family.
Two years ago she lost her uncle after he slipped into a coma stemming from complications related to his diabetes, and her grandfather is insulin-dependent.
The Southern River resident, who is “borderline diabetic”, said she had taken stock of her fitness levels after seeing the damage it can cause.
“When I found out, that’s when I really started to decide I really needed to do this for myself,” she said.
“I didn’t want to end up like my grandad because I know how much he struggles with it every day.
“I have a lot of health issues which impacts on the diabetes, but it just makes me push more and more to make sure that doesn’t eventuate.”
She turned to running about a year-and-a-half ago when she discovered the Harry Potter-themed Hogwarts Running Club.
The club is a not-for-profit virtual running club where members can complete six runs a year wherever they live to raise money for charities and collect medals.
Ms Coulcher said joining the club helped motivate her and improved her fitness.
“I’ve never really been athletic or had the motivation to get out there and do it but with this, I’m quite honest, I’m not going to sign up for the race and not do the distance,” she said.
“It keeps me going and makes sure I actually do the distance and I don’t open the medal until I’ve done it.”
Her increased fitness and desire to run inspired her to raise money for Diabetes WA and participate in the HBF Run for a Reason.
“I really want to raise money for diabetes WA and this was a really good way of doing it,” she said.
“I’ve been thinking of doing it for a few years, but I’ve just never really felt like I was fit enough to do it.”