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24-hour gameathon raises awareness of Type 1 diabetes

A gamer from Skewen is holding a 24-hour sponsored gameathon to raise money and awareness of Type 1 diabetes.

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Eric Taviner, 29, was diagnosed with when he was 16. His mother, Janette, also has the condition, and noticed he was showing some of the common symptoms.

“You are not alone”

Eric said, “Mum noticed I was very thirsty and lethargic and tested my blood sugars. The doctor sent us to Neath Port Talbot Hospital for urgent attention.

“To begin with I struggled with life with Type 1, but now it is second nature. I want to show others with the condition that they are not alone. It may seem overwhelming but you can do it.”

Eric will live-stream his gameathon on Twitch, a video platform which broadcasts around the world. Sponsors can donate as he plays and bid for prizes donated by local businesses.

Playing is a passion

Eric continued, “Computer games have given me an escape when my condition has got the better of me. This is an opportunity to use a passion of mine for a positive cause.”

Nobody knows what causes Type 1 diabetes and it is not currently preventable. There are around 1,400 children and young people and 18,900 adults living with Type 1 diabetes in Wales.

Joseph Cuff, Fundraising Manager, Diabetes UK Cymru, said:

“Life with Type 1 diabetes can be challenging, but it’s inspiring to see Eric using his favourite pastime to raise funds and awareness for others living with the condition. We wish him all the best with his 24-hour challenge!”

The gameathon starts at midday on Friday 22 February and finishes 24 hours later. You can watch the challenge live on Twitch here and donate here.

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