Shining Hope For Sienna

Posted on Friday, 22 June 2018

Diabetes Alive has received a donation in the amount of $6,000 from Canterbury League Club to aid in the purchase of an insulin pump.

The insulin pump is part of Diabetes Alive’s Insulin Pump Program.

Diabetes Alive is a not-for-profit organisation founded in January 2012 that saw a need for support groups and funding for diabetic patients.

As demand for services grew, Diabetes Alive continued to carry out their mission of helping people living with diabetes.

“The recipient chosen for the life saving device is Sienna Thompson. Sienna, a 3-year-old from Padstow, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 14 months old,” George Coorey Chairman of Canterbury League Club said.

“Often, it can be financially challenging for parents to purchase insulin pumps for their children. Canterbury League Club saw the opportunity to help a family in need and provide a contribution to help buy the medical device.”

Sienna’s condition meant that her body produces little to no insulin which is vital in converting glucose into energy.

Sienna’s day-to-day life requires her to time her injections and her meals together.

Sienna is needle phobic and requires 5 injections a day which often leads to bruising. The constant need of injections can often disrupt her day and sometimes affects her quality of life.

Canterbury League Club’s donation and support matched donations made by Variety and the Rotary Club of Burwood and has meant Sienna will receive a Minimed 640G Insulin Pump System that will help monitor and act to reduce low blood sugar levels.

The pump will allow Sienna to improve her quality of life and better control her diabetes while reducing complications in the future.

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