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Lions support SCSNZ's chase for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes

Led by District 202F, Lions Clubs New Zealand are supporting Spinal Cord Society NZ in an internationally important medical research trial that will test a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, here in New Zealand.

Money raised will buy clinical equipment and help to set up and commission the stem cell production facility needed for the cure research.

District 202F members have set themselves a goal of raising $214,000 within their district. Members throughout Multiple District 202 are aiming to raise a further $275,000.

Photo: Research leader Dr Jim Faed (left) with Owaka Lion Bruce McGill and "poster boy" Jaylen-Blaze Daane, who has Type 1 Diabetes.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

  • Type 1 Diabetes is a life-threatening auto-immune disease where the body’s own immune system attacks and destroys insulin producing cells in the pancreas.

  • It is NOT caused by lifestyle.

  • More than 25,000 New Zealanders have Type 1.  It usually develops during childhood, but can begin at any age from infancy to adulthood.

  • Insulin is essential for controlling glucose levels in our bodies.

  • People with Type 1 face a lifetime of insulin by injection/pump, testing blood sugar levels multiple times every day and carefully managing food intake, activity and daily life.

  • There is a constant risk of low blood glucose levels (hypoglaecemia, which can lead to unconsciousness, seizures and death) or high blood glucose levels (hyperglaecemia, which can lead to chronic complications or acute ketoacidosis, coma and death).

  • Chronic complications include kidney failure, blindness, amputation, nerve damage, heart disease and stroke.

  • Type 1 Diabetes affects every aspect of a person’s life and there are no holidays from it.


  • To produce a new treatment that will cure Type 1 Diabetes.

  • Test similar treatment on other auto-immune diseases, such as MS, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, etc.

  • Develop effective adult stem cell treatments for spinal cord injury.

What will a stem cell treatment look like?

  • Adult stem cells taken from bone marrow of a person with Type 1 Diabetes.

  • Stem cells grown in laboratory and immune-suppressing powers enhanced.

  • Stem cells used to suppress the auto-immune response in the affected person.

  • Return of insulin production measured and the injected dose of insulin reduced, as needed.


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