An RAF squadron leader is taking on the Great North Run in an effort to raise funds for the diabetes charity Diabetes UK . Tony Quin, who has two daughters that suffer from the metabolic condition, said about his long-distance challenge, “Anything I can do to improve the quality of life for those affected by diabetes is worth striving for.”
Quin, who is 45 and lives near High Wycombe, will take on the half marathon in Newcastle this September. He has two out three of his daughters with diabetes. His eldest daughter, Hannah, was diagnosed with the condition when she was five and her sister, Victoria, was diagnosed when she was 12.
Hannah developed diabulimia, an eating disorder, when she was in her teens, and used her lack of insulin to lose weight . Although her condition is now under control, she still has to go through a daily routine of blood tests multiple injections, and diet constraints.
Mr Quinn said “Diabulimia has had a significant impact on Hannah’s health. Having had constantly high blood sugar levels meant she has had to have numerous operations on her eyes as diabetic retinopathy developed to such an extent that for a significant period of time she lost her driving licence.”

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