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Selling for a cure

Wednesday, 18th May, 2011

ON A MISSION: Primary school student Jack Costello, 10, with the merchandise on offer during Jelly Baby Month. ON A MISSION: Primary school student Jack Costello, 10, with the merchandise on offer during Jelly Baby Month.

By Kurtis Eichler

Local youngster Jack Costello can't enjoy sweets himself, as his strict diet doesn't allow it, but the Jelly Baby symbol is now being used to find him a cure.

The 10-year-old North Primary School student is raising money this May for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as part of Jelly Baby month.

Having been through the ups and downs of the illness, his mum Sharon Brown said the reason behind the fundraising drive comes from his own experiences.

"He's got type one diabetes and he's trying to help find a cure," Ms Brown told the BDT yesterday.

After having the disease for seven years, Jack still has to use an insulin pump and injection every day to help control the illness, which also requires a trip to Adelaide to see his doctor every three months.

"If he could raise $400, that would be good," Ms Brown said.

Jack will be selling Jelly Baby Month merchandise, including pens, pins and stamps, throughout the city from today and has so far raised close to $200.

"Like any parent, we want our son to have the best life possible, to be as carefree and healthy as he can be," Sharon said.

"That's the way it should be."

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