Mum Takes Her Leap of Faith for Diabetes Cure; Adrenaline-Charged Freefall Raises $6000 for Research into Debilitating Condition

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Mum Takes Her Leap of Faith for Diabetes Cure; Adrenaline-Charged Freefall Raises $6000 for Research into Debilitating Condition


Byline: Kiri ten Dolle kiri.tendolle@qt.com.au

ROSEWOOD mum Carmel Luetchford has high hopes a cure for Type 1 diabetes will soon be found.

Mrs Luetchford and daughter Anna Cummings plunged 14,000 feet from a plane on Saturday to raise awareness for the disease she has suffered from since she was 18 years old.

The thought of freefalling 250kmh didnat deter the 55-year-old from raising $6000 for Type 1 diabetes research in the Jump to Cure Diabetes annual skydiving event.

In fact, it is the second year she has made the leap from the skies above Coolum on the Sunshine Coast for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

aI have lived with Type 1 diabetes for nearly 37 years and I have seen many great advances in treatment over the years, but finding a cure would be my ultimate dream come true,a Mrs Luetchford said.

Six young people are diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, which destroys the bodyas ability to produce insulin, each day in Australia. …

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