Kellion Victory Medals 2019

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 milestones.


The medals were presented by Dr Alan Stocks AM of the Kellion Diabetes Foundation. 


Cavenagh 50yr3 2019John 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.


Harbort Family 2019Laurie 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. 


Samuals _family 2019The 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."


Holmes Family 2019The Holmes family   


Carmel Holmes of Brisbane was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1958. 


"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."


Prof Turtle Dr Stocks Mr Decker & Mr TownendDr 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 Award.


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.


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