Brave Anita inspires cycling challenge


Staff at a Kinross-shire business are gearing up for a fundraising challenge inspired by a little girl living with a life-changing illness.

Staff members at Giacopazzi’s in Milnathort and Kinross are to cycle 120 miles as part of a campaign aimed not only at raising funds but awareness of juvenile type one diabetes.

Nathan Owen, assistant manager of the Milnathort branch and keen cyclist, came up with the idea which will take place on Monday, July 29 in the name of business owners Franck and Joanna’s daughter Anita Casonato.

Anita was diagnosed with the disease in August last year, shortly before her second birthday.

The fact that her 12-year-old cousin had, by coincidence, recently been diagnosed with the same condition rang alarm bells for her parents.

Anita was rushed into hospital where she spent five days undergoing tests and Franck and Joanna were faced with a steep learning curve.

They had to familiarise themselves with finger prick tests, carb counting, bolus injections, hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia and ketones.

Joanna said: “The first few months were rough, although we’re coping much better now.

“Anita has to have regular finger pricks and at least five insulin injections every day.

“She is restricted to what snacks she can have between meals and regularly has to be woken during the night to have a snack or injection.

“Yet even when she does everything right, her glucose levels are very difficult to manage. Every day is a rollercoaster.

“Anita has had to deal with more than any two year old should have to.

“She doesn’t complain.

“She hasn’t once asked ‘why me?’ She just gets on with it.”

When Anita was first diagnosed, Franck and Joanna were told it was not preventable and there was no cure.

But thanks to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a cure could be on the horizon.

The charity funds research into finding a cure for juvenile type one diabetes, an auto-immune condition causing by the pancreas failing to produce insulin and glucose levels in the body rising.

If left untreated, it can prove fatal.

The team will cycle the 120 miles between Perth and Inverness as part of a summer-long fundraising campaign being held in the two shops.

A sponsored walk is also being held around Loch Leven on July 20 and 21 and there will be a special fundraising day on July 27.

Franck said: “Because Anita’s cousin had been diagnosed with type one diabetes just a couple of weeks beforehand, we were able to recognise Anita’s symptoms, so in that sense we were fortunate.

“The campaign is as much about raising awareness of the warning signs as raising money for much-needed research.”

A JustGiving page has been set up as part of the campaign at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jdrf-giacopazzi

To find out more information about juvenile type one diabetes, visit the website www.jdrf.org.uk



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