Family's mission to pay it forward for diabetics
SOMETIMES life touches you in such a profound way that you're left with no choice but to pay it forward.
That's exactly what the Chapman-Porter family did when 17-month-old son and younger brother Dylan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Parents Aimee and Aaron were both diagnosed with type 1 before their teen years and have always known the very real possibility of their children developing the condition.
"We always knew our children had a chance down the track, but to be diagnosed at 17 months was quite a shock,” Aimee said.
"I don't think you can really prepare yourself; we knew it could happen, but never expected it to happen so young.
"I don't think (type 1 diabetes) has affected me in general. It's just a part of life and you just get on with it ... (but) caring for a child with diabetes is different to caring for yourself.”
Enter the Bribie Island Diabetes Support Group, who swiftly donated a $10,000 insulin pump that has changed their lives for the better.
Dylan now only needs to change one needle every two days instead of his old five-per-day routine, and the family has significantly more control over his condition.
Spearheaded by big brother Blake, 4, the family then got to work on a fundraiser to pay back the kindness showed from the support group.
"We just wanted to pay it forward and to give back someone of the money,” Aimee said.
"We had a goal of $2000, which we smashed. We got just under $6500 from our family and friends who donated prizes and raffles.”
"(Blake) was trying to sell tickets to family and friends on the day and he wanted to give kids rides of his bike to raise money.”
Blake has played an active role in Dylan's short life, by making sure mum is on the ball.
"He's pretty good. He understands Dylan has to have his pump and to be careful around it and he knows not to annoy him when his he's low,” Aimee said.
"Dylan is also celiac, so Blake's always asking me if things are okay for Dylan to eat.”
Get in touch with the diabetes support group by calling Jan Donaldson on 0430 226 261.