“Max is eight years old and lives in Hawksyard near Rugeley in the Lichfield constituency and has Type 1 Diabetes – the more serious kind” says Michael Fabricant. “But with the help of an insulin pump, he is enjoying life and with his dad, Gary, has written a book about a Superhero who gets his powers from his pump. I think school libraries should have access to this book to help any other youngsters with this very controllable illness.
“And Garry should know that diabetes need not hold anyone back: Theresa May became Prime Minister and she has Type 1 diabetes too!” Michael adds.
Max’s dad Gary says: “My son Max is 8 years old and has type 1 diabetes. He wears an insulin pump to help control his blood sugar and during lockdown we have done the most amazing thing!
“Max had an idea for a children’s book where we see the main character get superpowers from his insulin pump in the same way ironman gets his powers! I decided to bring this story to life for him which saw us self-publish ‘The Adventures of Captain Lantus’. The exciting news is we have now finished the second book in the series and can’t wait to share with other children.
“Our book has had such a positive impact on so many children across the UK and the world, as this book is diverse and gives children with diabetes a character that they can look up to and make them feel like a superhero.” Gary adds “Our dream now would be to see our book across schools in the UK – it would make us so proud and we know it will have such an impact!!”
Michael adds, “I will speak to Nadhim Zahawi, the Education Secretary, about this wonderful initiative. And in the meantime, I wish Max and his dad, Gary, a lovely Christmas!”