In mid-September Diabetes WA hosted its annual Kellion Victory Medal Awards Ceremony to recognise Western Australians who have lived with type 1 diabetes for 50 years or more. They celebrate how inspiring it is to live with type 1 diabetes – providing hope and reassurance that you can live a long, happy and fulfilled life with type 1 diabetes.
At this year’s event we were privileged enough to be able to recognise – for the very first time in WA – a person who lived with type 1 diabetes for 80 years, Nancy McKenna. Ms McKenna reached her milestone earlier this year, but sadly passed away before the Kellion ceremony and morning tea could be hosted. However, a large contingent of her family was there to accept the 80 Year Medal on her behalf – which they then generously gifted back to Diabetes WA to display at our offices, along with Nancy’s other four Kellion Medals.
In 2020, 12 Kellion Victory Medals were presented to people who have lived with diabetes for 50, 60 and 80 years. The Kellion Carers Awards were also given to acknowledge those people who have walked with the Kellion Victory Award recipient on their journey with diabetes. Accepting their Kellion Medals, this year’s recipients shared their remarkable stories of resilience, ingenuity and a life well lived despite type 1 diabetes.
Congratulations to our inspiring 2020 type 1 Kellions Victory Medalists – we salute you all.