WIDGEE'S Fabian Webb is an Australian country music icon who was awarded a Diabetes Queensland Kellion Victory Medal as part of World Diabetes Day celebrations on November 17.
The award marked his personal triumph of living a healthy and active 60 years with type 1 diabetes.
Kellion Victory Medals are issued by Diabetes Queensland to people who have lived with diabetes for 50, 60 and 70 years or more.
They mark the achievements of the recipient and their friends, families and carers during their life.
Type 1 diabetes is not preventable and occurs when the pancreas cannot manufacture insulin.
It is unlike type 2 diabetes, which is known as a lifestyle condition, and can be prevented or delayed. Australia is placed among the top 10 countries in relation to incidence rates of type 1 diabetes in children.
Mr Webb, who has been living with type 1 diabetes for 60 years and credits living an active life working on his family property for keeping his condition in check, has a passion for country music and is currently the vice-president of the Widgee Country Music Club.
In 1982, Fabian and his brothers opened the gates of their cattle property to 6000 country music fans, a tradition now called the Gympie Muster.
Mr Webb has also been honoured with a statue for his part in starting the annual Kilkivan Great Horse Ride and served as a councillor for the Kilkivan Shire over many years.
He was one of 10 Queenslanders presented with a Kellion Victory Medal by the Kellion scheme administrator Dr Alan Stocks AM.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute says she looks forward to honouring recipients every year.
"After living for 60 years with diabetes, the Kellion Victory Medal recipients remind us all that despite the constant struggle to manage this condition, the result can still be a long and productive life," Ms Trute said.
"It is a great joy for all of us at Diabetes Queensland to recognise and applaud our special Kellion Victory Medal recipients. They are awe- inspiring and the presentations are an opportunity for us to celebrate their great achievements."
The Kellions are heroes in the diabetes community. Their battle to survive and live a full life inspires Diabetes Queensland to keep seeking improvements in the early detection, diagnosis and management of diabetes in the community.