Daniel proved his perseverance at an early age. Diagnosed at age seven, he spent an entire year in the hospital. He would catch nearly every virus around him, causing painful diabetic ketoacidosis. The early onset of puberty made it hard for doctors to regiment his insulin due to uncontrollable hormones.
Meredith is a dynamic girl who loves to read (she was the first in her school to read 1,000 pages) and dreams of being a veterinarian. She likes to ride her pony, Cutie Pie, on the family farm, play softball, perform in ballet recitals, and do gymnastics.
Diagnosed at age five, Addyson has faced her diabetes with grace and maturity, maintaining her enthusiasm for life. "I am not sure where she gets her toughness, but my wife, two sons, and I have found great inspiration from an innocent, beautiful little [seven]-year-old girl," says Addyson's father.
One day, Brody's mom told him, "You are just like Luke Skywalker! You have The Force inside you and you can use it to get through your site changes." Brody took those words to heart, and used them to find bravery in the face of diabetes' challenges.
Stephen is most inspired by the perseverance of his dad and mom. It is a trait they have passed on to Stephen, who shows a lot of strength in dealing with his type 1 diabetes.
Sophie and her older brother, Max, are on a mission: to raise awareness of the disease they both have, and to tell their story of living with type 1 diabetes to Congress so that research funding continues. They're in this together, and they work hard to make a difference.
Max and his younger sister, Sophie, both have type 1, and have teamed up in the fight against diabetes. With their team, "The Attack Pack," they raise money in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, and meet with newly diagnosed children and their families to provide support.
Gabby's friends have learned a lot about diabetes, and sometimes they even participate in testing her blood sugar. Diagnosed at age one, Gabby can't remember a life without diabetes, and hopes to raise awareness about the disease.
Piper is tremendously active in the East Tennessee Branch of JDRF. She has filmed fundraising videos for the branch, and even got to meet Jared Fogle, the "Subway Guy," and accept a $43,000 check for JDRF from the Tri-City Subways.
William dreams of becoming a commercial airline pilot. Current laws don't permit people with type 1 to obtain a commercial pilot's license, so he and his family want to work to establish new laws allowing those with type 1 diabetes to fly under certain circumstances.