Twenty-three people and their loved ones
gathered at a special morning tea for Kellion Victory Medal
recipients, hosted by Diabetes Queensland on Sunday 14 July to mark
the beginning of National Diabetes Week.
Kellion Victory Awards are presented
to people who have lived with type 1 diabetes for 50, 60 and 70+
years. The awards recognise what is possible while living with
diabetes and celebrate the significance of these
The medals were presented by Dr Alan Stocks AM of the Kellion
John Cavenagh receiving his 50 year Kellion
Victory Medal from Dr Alan Stocks
Fifty years after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, John
Cavenagh of The Junction received a medal to mark the occasion.
"It was such a thrill to receive the medal from Dr Stocks. I had
the privilege of being under his care until 1992 when we moved to
Newcastle," said John Cavenagh.
Laurie Harbort (centre) and her family
at the 2019 Kellions Victory Medal event
Sixty years after she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Laurie
Harbort received her Kellion Victory Medal.
The Samuels family
Zechariah Samuels of Bellmere has been living with type 1
diabetes for 60 years.
"Having diabetes has made me slow down and be more reflective
about my life. It has helped me listen to my body and find a
balance," Zechariah said.
"It's been exciting to watch knowledge of diabetes improve over
the past 60 years. We know so much more today. I really hope one
day soon they will find a cure."
The Holmes family
Carmel Holmes of Brisbane was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in
"I have been so fortunate to have the support of my whole
family, my parents, my husband Graham (who passed away in 1998), my
children, my grandchildren, my special friend the late Gary Balkin,
and my best friend, Mary, who rings me daily," Carmel said.
"I'm very grateful for my family, my friends and the doctors,
nurses and podiatrists who have cared for me."
Dr John Turtle AO, Dr Alan
Stocks AM, Dr Neil Decker and Dr John Townend
It was also Dr Alan Stocks' AM 60-year medal presentation, and
the day he retired from the
Kellion administrator's role. He also became only the
fourth person to receive the Diabetes Australia Outstanding Service
Dr Stocks, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a
young medical student in England, initiated a Victory Medals
scheme in Australia in 1984.
To honour Dr Stocks' outstanding contribution, Kellion
Foundation Chair Dr Neill Decker announced the Dr Alan Stocks
Kellion Victory Medal Research Program, which will focus research
on medal recipients and their unique achievements in living with
diabetes for half a century or more.