Andrew’s father is his hero – he has had type 1 diabetes for as long as Andrew can remember. His sister was also diagnosed with T1D at an early age, at the age of 16 Andrew himself was diagnosed with T1D. He wasn’t going to let that stop him from achieving his dreams though.
“I’ve played professional volleyball for Australia and I’m currently on a sports scholarship in Canada. I have fought every step of the way to chase my dreams. I believe that being diagnosed with type 1 has helped me fight even harder for what I want from this life and to be a shining light to others who are facing the same battle.”
This month, Andrew is setting himself another big challenge – to skydive and jump out of a plane to raise funds for type 1 diabetes research.
“I want to help aid in the fight against type 1 diabetes. This disease affects millions of people all over the world. I want to help young children of today and the future to live a life without type 1 diabetes.”
Andrew is also jumping to prove a point. When he was diagnosed he was told he would never be able to jump out of a plane, and he’s determined to prove them wrong.
“I think I can prove to the world that I can conquer any challenge that is set to me. I want to motivate others who deal with this disease, and tell them that they too can do anything their mind can conceive.”
Support Andrew by making a donation on his fundraising page: http://jdrf.org.au/Andy
Express your interest in the JDRF Jump to Cure Diabetes here: http://jdrf.org.au/jump