Two special visitors in Canberra

Tom and Lisa White, Baden and Jackie Ross with Nola in her Canberra office.


Nola Marino was delighted to have two special visitors to her Canberra office when the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation was in the nation’s capital during the last week of November.

Thomas White and Baden Ross are two energetic young boys living with diabetes in Nola’s electorate who she has enjoyed meeting several times now to hear how they are coping with the disease.

During their visit the Coalition pledged to provide $35 million over five years to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is a life-long auto-immune disease that usually occurs in childhood but can be diagnosed at any age.

It affects about 20,000 children and is one of the most newly diagnosed cases are in people less than 15 years old.

Australia has some of the best researchers in the world and a proven record of progress in this difficult area of research.

The JDRF Clinical Research Network is a collaboration between researchers, institutions, patients, industry and international networks and it will oversee the investment in this critical research.

By expanding the CRN’s research capacity, it can become a bigger hub for even more financial support by investors and philanthropists into possible cures.