Emerald locals Rex and Leisa Cowan in Southbank for the Diabetes Australia - Queensland gala lunch.
Emerald locals Rex and Leisa Cowan in Southbank for the Diabetes Australia - Queensland gala lunch.

Leisa's living life to the full

EMERALD resident Leisa Cowan was presented with a 50-year Silver Kellion Victory Medal at a gala lunch on Sunday.

Hosted by Diabetes Australia - Queensland, the medal was presented to Leisa to celebrate her triumph over type 1 diabetes.

Leisa and six other Queensland award recipients were presented with Kellion Victroy Medals, a high honour in the diabetes community.

Diabetes Australia - Queensland chief executive Michelle Trute said the medals were awarded to mark the life-long achievements of people who have managed diabetes in their lives for very long periods, often since childhood and through trying and difficult times.

The medals were presented at Southbank by Kellion Medal Scheme chairman Dr Alan Stocks, whose legendary medical career has made a difference to thousands of lives in Queensland.

Leisa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of seven months and doesn't remember not having diabetes.

"I have never let diabetes stop me doing anything," she said.

"I played representative sport, partied, became a teenager, worked, survived car accidents, partied some more, travelled, got married sand had three healthy children.

"I am 50 and I am still here."

The medals are named in honour of Claude Kellion, to mark his major contribution towards diabetes in Australia, including the establishment of the Kellion Diabetes Foundation.


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