Neev was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) when she 18 months old. It was a huge shock for her family; they had to come to terms with the condition and what it would mean for the rest of their lives. However, less than five years later, Neev decided to take on an A4D Challenge and cycled 20km, raising over £1200 for children with T1D less fortunate than herself.

In doing so, Neev became an A4D Challenger and proved to herself, her family and everyone around her that T1D does not hold you back.

Becoming a true A4D Challenger

It has been nearly four years since Neev completed her first cycle challenge, and she has continued to go from strength to strength. Last year, she joined her local triathlon club in the U.K., and all the training paid off when she won the Petit Marmot Pierre Menta run for her age group this summer in France.

At our Diabetes Family camps in Asia, we talk about Neev, who is now nine, and her physical achievements with the young people that we support and their families. Having a child diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes can be very daunting, especially if you do not have access to essential care and support. However, to know there are families, dealing with the same condition on the other side of the world, who genuinely care and are willing to run, cycle, swim and walk to raise money so you can also access Insulin and Blood Testing equipment is inspirational.

Neev really has helped to save and transform lives.

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A Family Achievement

Neev’s mother, Jane, sent us a little piece on another race – the annual Frison Roche race in Beaufort – that Neev and her sister, Iona, took part in, in France over the summer! 

‘Both our girls became inspired as they cheered on the 42km competitors in the morning. Despite the 34 degree temperatures, they both loved the whole occasion as there was a lot of spectators and the finishers line was a ‘proper blow up’ arch. 

Neev used to give up in a race if she was not winning, but not this time. We were cheering her on as she crossed the finish line, and she looked despondent when she thought she had not done so well. But when the results came in she had finished 2nd in her age group!

Neev’s face was a picture when they called her name for the 2nd place. She looked at us for confirmation it was her name that was called. I whispered in her ear to enjoy her moment and must admit I had a tear in my eye. 

She was presented her trophy and prize bag by Marie Bochet, a local Paralympic ski gold medalist. We had met her in April when there was a celebration of her success in Beaufort. Neev and Iona may never be Olympic gold medalists but they both want to be the best they can be and have a whole lot of fun along the way.’

A huge congratulations to Neev and her sister, Iona, for their achievements from all of us at A4D. We look forward to hearing of their future successes and thank Neev for going beyond her condition and becoming a wonderful role model for the children with T1D we support in SE Asia.

Do you, or do you know someone, who would want to take on an A4D Challenge and become a role model for the young people we support?  We would love to hear from you if so!

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