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PERKINS LAUNCHES JOIN JACK'S JOURNEY Dodo Racing Team V8 Supercar driver Jack Perkins is encouraging people with diabetes to 'Join Jack's Journey' ahead of the Bigpond 300 at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth this weekend. Perkins is an Accu-Chek...

PERKINS LAUNCHES JOIN JACK'S JOURNEY

Dodo Racing Team V8 Supercar driver Jack Perkins is encouraging people with diabetes to 'Join Jack's Journey' ahead of the Bigpond 300 at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth this weekend.

Perkins is an Accu-Chek ambassador for Roche Diagnostics and is the face of a new campaign that provides opportunities for people with diabetes to interact, share information and learn from each other about better diabetes management.

The driver of the #11 BET 247 Holden Commodore was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006 at the age of 19, and since that time has played an active role in diabetes education for Roche Diagnostics and diabetes related groups like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

This new campaign is called 'Join Jack's Journey' with a website outlining the details now online at www.joinjacksjourney.com.au

It not only provides personal insights from Jack into how he manages his diabetes in the high pressure world of elite motor racing, but also provides people with diabetes the opportunity to share hints, tips and helpful advice with each other. It hopes to even inspire some to really live life and follow their dreams.

Perkins hopes that www.joinjacksjourney.com.au will act as a popular portal for people who are looking to achieve their life goals while managing the challenges of diabetes.

"I know I had a lot of questions when I was first diagnosed," said Perkins.

"But the key question for me was always about how I was going to continue to achieve my life-long dream of racing V8 Supercars for a living.

"Hopefully I can help reassure people that they are not alone and inspire them to live their dreams by managing diabetes better. I am determined not to let diabetes beat me, so if I can do it, you can too."

Along with many other features, the 'Join Jack's Journey' website also has a few videos starring Perkins produced specifically to promote the campaign. It tells of his disappointment at his initial diagnosis and his struggle back to the elite world of V8 Supercars.

"I'd love it if we could end up with thousands of people all sharing information and their success stories of how they manage the challenges of diabetes," said Perkins.

"That is what Join Jack's Journey is all about - sharing experiences and learning from each other to help all those affected with diabetes to live their lives to the full and maybe even inspire each other to achieve their dreams."

-credit: kellyracing.com.au

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