Two weeks before the 2010 General Election, aged 36, I didn’t know that I was an undiagnosed type 1 diabetic entering diabetic ketoacidosis.
Type 1 diabetes affects about 400,000 people in the UK, including 29,000 children.
The NHS saved my life, but three years on I know that type 1 diabetes needs to be better understood, that people with the condition require a much better service than the one we currently receive, and that we need to find a cure.
Together, we can help to improve the lives of people living with type 1 diabetes.
As a Shadow Health Minister, I want to do something about this, so I’m trying to raise awareness of the condition shared by me and 400,000 other Britons and I’m trying to raise money to help fund the research that will help to find the cure.
That’s why I’m running the 2014 London Marathon for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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To seal the deal, I’m running with an injury. So if you want to make a Member of Parliament suffer, donating to JDRF really will be worth your while.
I hope you can help out by making a small donation and visiting my Just Giving page by clicking here.
Jamie Reed MP