A north-east dad has raised more than £8,000 for a diabetes research charity during an athletic challenge in the hope that one day they’ll “find a cure”.
David Cowie, whose son Adam, 10, was diagnosed with type one diabetes five years ago, has collected more than £40,000 for JDRF in the last four years.
The charity aims to prevent and treat the lifelong condition and its complications.
The duathlon saw him tackle a 5km run and a 20km bike ride in Dunecht Estates.
David, a police officer from Westhill, said: “I’ve been raising funds for JDRF for four years now and blown away that over £40,000 has been raised for the charity.
“Research is the only way we’re going to find a cure for this autoimmune condition and I’ll continue my fundraising challenge.
He added: “With type one diabetes, the finger prick checks and insulin injections required to stay alive are never ending.
“Adam takes it all in his stride as he’s lived with type 1 diabetes for half his life, but the condition has robbed him of his ability to lead a care-free and spontaneous lifestyle.
“Living with someone with type 1 diabetes affects the whole family which is why I – like so many other parents – desperately want to find a cure.”
There are currently 400,000 people in the UK with type one diabetes.