NARELLE Pearse will swap her corporate attire for her exercise gear for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday.
This will be the first time the event has been held in Mackay and giving it full support is Regional Economic Development Corporation Chief Executive of Operations Narelle Pearse.
Ms Pearse is one of the lead coordinators for the Mackay walk and has lived with type 1 diabetes for 22 years.
"Both my sister (Susan Pearse) and my mother (Ingrid Pearse) have diabetes as well and so our family knows very well what it is like to cope with the disease," Ms Pearse said.
The Pearse women join over 122,000 Australians who have type 1 diabetes, which has no cure.
Children and adults with diabetes have a daily regime of up to six insulin injections or continuous infusion of insulin through a pump, as well as up to eight finger-prick blood tests, to stay alive. About 40,000 people around Australia will join the Walk to Cure Diabetes this year, with the goal of raising over $2million for critical medical research.
"I was 18 when I was diagnosed, so it was much easier for me to deal with it, but there are children who are under one year of age when they are diagnosed, and I can't even imagine how they or their family cope with this news," she said.
"Finding a cure is so important, as type 1 diabetes is something you have to deal with on a daily basis for your whole life, and complications later in life are very common."
She encouraged Mackay residents to get involved by walking or donating.
It's on this Saturday; registrations open at 9am.
The walk will start at Caneland Park and go to the Ron Camm Bridge and back.
To register: http://walk.jdrf.org.au/events.asp?eventID=94