CRAZY SOCKS DAY: Kingaroy State School students Brock Glenwright, Eva Hume, Isaac Bishell, Toby Lane, Rhani Schmaling and Ethan Jones with principal Russell Thompson and deputy Jason Wyeth
CRAZY SOCKS DAY: Kingaroy State School students Brock Glenwright, Eva Hume, Isaac Bishell, Toby Lane, Rhani Schmaling and Ethan Jones with principal Russell Thompson and deputy Jason Wyeth Matt Collins

Bless their cotton socks: Kids support classmate

STUDENTS have put on their craziest socks to support their fellow students and raise awareness and funds for a worthy charity.

On Friday November 2, Kingaroy State School students showed off their craziest, brightest socks to support Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Mother of Kingaroy State School student with juvenile diabetes, Fiona Lane said her boy Toby was diagnosed early on in life.

"He was only 17 months old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes," she said.

"He was excessively thirsty, he was losing weight and had a shocking rash."

Mrs Lane said Type 1 diabetes differed from Type 2 because it was not due to lifestyle choices.

"With Type 1 there is absolutely nothing you can do to prevent it," she said.

"Type 2 is usually but not always related to poor diet and low exercise."

Toby's mum said his childhood has been a lot different from that of his peers but he hasn't known any other way.

"It's a lot of education, you learn how to count carbohydrates as well as how to give injections," Mrs Lane said.

Schools getting behind this not-for-profit organisation with events like the crazy sock day raises much needed funds to continue the research into finding a cure.

Mrs Lane was grateful the school put on such an event to raise money and help continue the discussion around juvenile diabetes.

"At this stage it is not preventable, it is only treatable," Mrs Lane said.

"There is no cure."

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