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Brave Isla is a charity star
BRAVE Isla Barnett, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes over the summer, has been helping to raise money for the charity Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) by taking part in the Bridgwater Charity Fun Run.
The six-year-old, who lives in Bridgwater with her family, found out she had the illness on August 12 and spent four days in hospital.
Her mother, Lindsey, said she had been coping really well with the changes they've had to make.
She said: “Isla has been doing great; we've had to make a few adjustments because she has to have insulin injections four times a day but it's nothing we can't manage as a family.”
Lindsey, Isla and her father, Paul, all took part in the half-marathon on Sunday and are planning to take part in more races in the future.
Lindsey added: “We were so pleased with her; she did really well considering it was her first marathon and she's only six.
“Her legs were aching afterwards but I think she was very happy with how she did, too.”
The family decided to raise the money for JDRF because of the work they do in trying to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and in trying to manage it.
Lindsey said it was a charity they wanted to continue to support because their work may one day be successful in finding another way to treat Isla so she doesn't have to have so many injections.
Isla has raised over £100 so far and, as a reward, Paul and Lindsey are treating Isla to two guinea pigs for her bravery.
To find out more about the charity and how they're working to cure Type 1 diabetes, visit www.jdrf.org.uk
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