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"The day we heard the words no parent wants to hear – 'You need to get your son to hospital now'."

Phil Dennis - Supporter Story Ride London 100 Bike Ride
Just over a year since his son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Phil is taking on the Prudential RideLondon 100 bike ride to raise awareness and to show him anything is possible. 

Phil Dennis
Father of a child with Type 1 diabetes
 

"We never expected anything like this to happen to us, it came out of nowhere."

Phil's journey with diabetes

  • 7 year old son Seth was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in February 2018.
  • They have no family history of diabetes and they knew little about the condition.
  • Seth has since got to grips with his condition and is incredibly brave.
  • Signed up to take part in the RideLondon bike ride for personal fitness and to raise awareness.

Diagnosis 

The 28th February 2018 was the day our lives changed forever and our healthy, happy 7 year old was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. We never expected anything like this to happen to us, it came out of nowhere.

After two weeks of drinking a lot and going to the loo a lot, to being in the Child Assessment Unit in hospital, having blood tests and drips inserted, being told your son has an incurable and life threatening condition.

"It was the heart breaking sight of your child in hospital that neither my wife nor I will ever forget. But we had so many questions - why our son? Is this our fault? Have we caused this?"

Our Type 1 Hero 

Neither of us had any history of it in our families but a year and a bit on we know so much about diabetes that we didn’t know before. We’ve managed a lot in getting used to new things but most of all we’ve seen a very brave little boy who has taken on his condition and never lets it get him down. He is our T1 hero.

Like our son I play and also coach rugby and it was a fellow rugby player who suggested we do Ride London 100, as he has relatives who also have lived with diabetes. It was great, for two reasons: it keeps two aging players fit over the summer and it raises money for Diabetes UK.

"Our son is a keen rugby player. One of my most vivid memories from his diagnosis were his tears when he thought he heard the doctor say he couldn’t play rugby anymore" 

Taking on RideLondon 

RideLondon interested me because of the challenge, I wanted to do something more extreme! It is something I want to do for personal fitness and for just the sheer willpower needed to get round a 100 mile course on a bike, having never attempted something like this before.

I want to take part in this event to contribute to Diabetes UK and to help them continue their amazing work as well as raising their profile and busting the myths around Diabetes.

People need to know there are different types and despite what the media says, no one deserves to have this awful condition nor should it be taken lightly. 

"I’m raising money for Diabetes UK to continue their amazing support and research to find a cure for this horrible condition."

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