Join Us in the Fight Against Type 1 Diabetes:

A Message from SynxBody CEO


As a parent, discovering that your child is living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) can be an overwhelming experience. The constant monitoring, the meticulous management of blood sugar levels, and the ever-present fear of complications can create a challenging reality for both the child and their family.

Supporting JDRF was a natural choice for us after my son Declan's diagnosis with T1D in 2023 was a life-altering moment for our family. Amidst the chaos and uncertainty, one organisation stood out as a beacon of support: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

JDRF's presence in our lives was immediate and impactful. From the welcome backpack in the hospital to Rufus the bear and the follow-up phone calls, they made sure we felt supported every step of the way. Witnessing the incredible progress in T1D treatment and management, all thanks to JDRF's worldwide efforts, made it clear that teaming up with such an organization was a no-brainer. We shared the same dream: a world without T1D. 

 As a podiatrist and the CEO of SynxBody, an Australian footcare company, our partnership with JDRF makes perfect sense. Our mission of keeping people on their feet aligns seamlessly with JDRF's goal of minimising diabetes-related complications. Foot health is crucial, especially for those managing T1D, and our expertise complements JDRF's work beautifully. Together, we're not just supporting vital research and advocacy; we're also empowering people with T1D to prevent foot complications.

My journey has brought us here, and together with JDRF, we're excited to make a real impact in raising awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and contributing to game changing research. We are kicking this partnership off with a contribution of $1.00 from every online order to JDRF with so many other ideas in the pipeline as we see this as a long-term commitment.  Together, we can make a meaningful impact in the lives of those affected by T1D and work towards a world without this devastating disease.

Join us in the fight against type 1 diabetes. Together, we can turn hope into reality and change the lives of millions.

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Rachael Ferguson,
CEO & Podiatrist
SynxBody 👣



JDRF is at the forefront of T1D research and advocacy, tirelessly working towards a world where this disease no longer poses a threat. For the past five decades, they have been instrumental in advancing our understanding of T1D and driving innovation in its treatment and management.

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In the hospital, we received our welcome backpack and the Rufus bear. Then, we began learning about what JDRF does and the impact they have made on research and the technology we have access to today. I am so grateful for the work that has been done to get us to where we are now.   

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune condition that can develop at any age. When someone develops type 1 diabetes, the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells instead of defending against foreign invaders. In this case, the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that converts glucose from food into energy for the body. Without enough insulin, glucose accumulates in the bloodstream, leading to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a dangerous condition. For more visit - T1D

Yes, my best friend’s mum had type 1 growing up, so I was always aware of it. I also worked as a podiatrist in high risk footcare for the first seven years of my career, which means I often saw the challenges that diabetes complications can bring. Funnily enough, I almost went down the path of becoming a diabetes educator too, so it is always an area that I have been passionate about.

I feel like the first six months were a blur with so much sleep deprivation and sadness. I felt like I was failing every single day just trying to keep his levels in range and it felt so much harder than even bringing a new born baby home for the first time.

There was a lot of grief for our old life and for the freedom Declan had, just being a carefree nine-year-old, but he has really taken everything in his stride which has made it so much easier for us. 

I also struggled with my workload as I travel a lot for my business, and it was hard leaving him for the first few times, but it also helped my husband learn the ropes so we both manage his care along with his older sister who has been incredible.

Since he got the insulin pump and now 12 months on, I can say we’ve adjusted well and have the mindset that there isn’t anything he can’t do - we just plan for it and there is light at the end of the tunnel again.

It had been 12 years since I really worked with T1D on a regular basis, and the changes that have happened, especially in the last five years, have been absolutely incredible. It makes managing T1D so much easier and helps parents sleep better, keeps children and adults with T1D so much safer, and better managed levels which means less diabetes related complications. That’s all due to research, so it’s absolutely vital.  

You’ll find more information below about T1D and resources to support you, so you can live your best life with T1D.

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes

Impacts of living with T1D

Treatment of T1D