Brodie sets his sights on doing skydive


Irene McCormack Catholic College student Brodie Anthony wants to skydive next month. Picture: Martin Kennealey       d449833
Irene McCormack Catholic College student Brodie Anthony wants to skydive next month. Picture: Martin Kennealey d449833

Brodie Anthony (12) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was seven, and this year wants to take part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Jump for a Cure fundraiser in March.

“I want to jump to show other diabetics that diabetes doesn’t stop them from doing what they want to do,” he said.

A Year 7 student at Irene McCormack Catholic College, Brodie said diabetes affected his health sometimes but he was determined not to let it hold him back.

“Sometimes I can’t go swimming every now and again or my levels get bad or I have seizures sometimes,” he said.

“I can’t sleep very well. I have to have insulin all the time – eight to 10 checks a day.”

His mother Joy Keys said although Brodie often had days off for treatment, he continued to be successful at school.

“He has had some awesome achievements so far – he was dux last year (at Clarkson Primary School),” she said.

“I knew he was a high achiever anyway; he was doing a lot of work throughout the year.

“He is a very sporty kid.”

Mrs Keys said she got up to check him twice a night, because the fear for children when they had type 1 was “dead in bed syndrome”.

She said her son currently used a $10,000 insulin pump that was not covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, but rather through PMH and JDRF.

She said the family had fundraised through various events over the past five years, collecting about $70,000 for diabetes research and support services.

Several of his relatives have done the skydive in recent years, and Brodie’s cousin Brittnei Brown (16) will do her fourth fundraising skydive with him next month.

“This is a big thing for him to try and achieve,” Mrs Keys said.

The have called their team The Eliminators and will hold a sausage sizzle to fundraise at Masters on March 13.

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