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Read all about it! Onesie wonder fights diabetes and raises over £600!
4 December 2017 (by Russ Payne (rpayne))
Saturday's Swindon Advertiser reported about a Year 5 child's efforts to raise awareness of diabetes.
Saturday's Swindon Advertiser article read:
A SELFLESS youngster has proven that suffering with type one diabetes is no barrier to success after organising a profitable onesie day at school.
Eight-year-old Isaac Reeve, who has suffered with the condition since he was four, wrote to his headteacher at St Mary’s CE Primary School in Purton with a proposal for the charity fundraiser.
JDRF funds go to research type one diabetes in hope of finding a cure and every penny raised could help diabetics like Isaac lead a more normal life.
As well as organising the onesie day, Isaac also did a presentation in front of the entire school to talk about type one diabetes – much to the delight of his mum Sarah Fitzpatrick.
“I’m so proud of the way he spoke about it and why it was important to raise awareness,” the 46-year-old said.
“All of it is down to Isaac, from having the conversation with the headteacher to the assembly.
“Isaac has also been so amazing and he has probably coped better than I have because he just gets on with things. He has the odd day where he wishes he was normal and we talk through that but he loves playing football and I have told him that diabetes won’t stop him from doing anything in life.
“It is hard work planning everything around it but when Isaac grows up, he won’t know any different and we never say no to him doing anything because of his diabetes.”
As an extra surprise for Isaac, at his talk on Monday, Sarah was able to play a video message from Sky News presenter Steve Dixon, who also has type one diabetes, where he congratulated the youngster on his courageous efforts of organising Friday’s event.
He was also able to show off a letter from 10 Downing Street after writing to Prime Minister Theresa May as she also suffers with diabetes.
Sarah added: “We want to show him that he can do anything. The Prime Minister has type one diabetes and you can even do that job with it. He can see that actually he can still leave school and go onto great things in his life.”
As well as donning a onesie or something blue, Isaac held a cake sale after school to entice parents to dig a little deeper in their purses to donate funds.
Deputy headteacher Russ Payne added: “Isaac did a brilliant job with his talk in assembly even though it is a big school with 370 children. He spoke so confidently for about 10 to 15 minutes explaining about type one diabetes and why he wanted to organise this onesie day.
“It is no small undertaking and he had prepared his presentation very well.
“Isaac’s mum is very focused on letting Isaac stand on his own two feet and becoming resilient and confident and this week has done him the world of good in being able to share his story.”