Fighting juvenile diabetes type 1

Last year I wrote on this blog

Meet Nikita McBride.  Shes the daughter of friends of mine Ken McBryde and Stephanie Smith who are the co-founders of the wonderful architecture firm Innovarchi.  Nikita has recently been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes type 1.  In January 2009 shes participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Bike Ride to Cure Type 1 Diabetes. I received an email from Stephanie directing me to this website where you can keep an eye on her participation and help out with a donation if youd like.

And January 2010 is coming around. Here’s Nikita and her sister Bianca’s websites for this year and I’ve jumped in and made a donation.


My name is Nikita, and I got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on the 8th October 2008. On 19/10/09 (my b-day!) i will have done at least 1,504 injections (4 per day) and 2,256 finger pricks (6 per day)!!!

Three days after being diagnosed i did the 3km Walk to Cure diabetes out at Olympic Park, and loved it. In January this year I did the 2009 Ride for a Cure. Last time you all helped me to raise $12,500 and I rode a total of 40 kms.

I am really excited that JDRF are funding research that is really close to finding a cure for people. Some of the important research achievements in the last year were:

  • Researchers at the Garvan Institute in Sydney found a potential vaccine for type 1 diabetes
  • A JDRF industry partner is now commercialising a new drug designed to reverse the autoimmune process that causes type 1 diabetes
  • Researchers found that two common cancer drugs can block & reverse type 1 diabetes in mice.

Stupid mice! what ever happened to curing people?!

In January 2010 I’m going to do the ride again with my mum Stephanie and my sister Bianca.

So please help me again and press the donate button at the bottom of the screen, not just to help me, but to help every one of those other five kids that get diagnosed each day.


Love NIKITA :-)

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Please feel free to jump in yourselves.  As Jacques commented last year “Donated. A very simple process I must say.”

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