At just 10 years old, Ben Siebenhausen faces the challenge of a life-long autoimmune condition – type 1 diabetes.
This Sunday he’s channeling his efforts into another challenge – The Great Brisbane Bike Ride – in order to help others impacted by the disease.
Ben’s mum, Michelle Siebenhausen, said Ben had always enjoyed bike riding and was looking forward to encouraging other young people with diabetes not to let the condition hold them back from doing what they love and achieving their goals.
“With a bit of planning, you can still do everything other kids do,” Ms Siebenhausen said.
“Eight days post diagnosis Ben was back at school and in the pool doing his regular swimming lessons.
“Now he’s looking forward to challenging himself by getting out there and doing a ride event with his dad, Jason.”
Ms Siebenhausen said Ben’s diagnosis was a complete shock to the family, who have no history of type 1 diabetes and at the time didn’t understand how it developed.
“Leading up to his diagnosis, Ben was getting progressively more tired with no real explanation,” she said.
“We’d always been a fit and active family and it was a complete shock when we heard the news.
“We’re all so proud that Ben is working so hard to help others who have been impacted by the disease.
“So far he has raised around $1000 for the cause.”
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said Ben was a shining example for all Queenslanders to follow.
“Ben’s passion for raising funds and awareness for people impacted by diabetes is inspirational,” she said.
“All proceeds from the Great Brisbane Bike Ride go to our charity partner Diabetes Queensland to improve the lives of all people affected by all types of diabetes, and those at risk, through advocacy, support and education.”
The Bicycle Queensland event is for people of all ages and fitness levels, with four course options – 110km, 75km, 40km and 10km featuring a Family Fun Ride and festival of bikes.
Riders can register via gbbr.com.au or call 3844 1144 for more information.
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For more information go to www.bq.org.au