ALEX Goldring will zip on his Sonic the Hedgehog outfit on Sunday to support Diabetes WA in the HBF Run for a Reason.
Recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Alex (6) and mum Bec are still adjusting to his new life of four insulin shots a day and multiple blood glucose tests.
“When Alex was diagnosed with diabetes, we felt horrible,” the Joondalup resident said.
“As a mother, I thought I could protect my son from everything, especially while he was still so young.
“My husband has eight family members with type 1 diabetes so we are familiar with the condition, but still nothing could have prepared us.”
Before his diagnosis, Alex had lost a lot of weight, was drinking a large amount and urinating frequently. He was often tired, but his mother had put it down to the hot weather and a flu the family had all suffered a few weeks before.
While at a doctor’s appointment for her younger son, Mrs Goldring decided to request a quick urine test, which revealed elevated sugar levels in his urine and, after a series of blood tests, Alex was diagnosed with diabetes and admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital.
Wearing his ‘super sonic’ costume, Alex will participate in the HBF Run’s 4km walk on May 22 with his mother and brother Zack and have chosen Diabetes WA as their charity.
“By increasing funds directed towards Diabetes WA, we can raise awareness of diabetes throughout our community and, hopefully in the near future, push for government funding so that all schools can provide diabetes training for their staff,” Mrs Goldring said.
“It’s hard enough for a six-year-old, or any school-aged child, to come to terms with the life changes of their diagnosis.
“If schools had staff educated by Diabetes WA, it would ensure an easier transition for these kids back into school life.”