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Joseph

When Joseph graduates from college, he wants to have a career helping people or animals. In his years before college, however, Joseph is already helping others by spreading awareness about diabetes and raising money for research.

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Aaron

Just like he navigates the winds and waters as he sails, Aaron has learned to navigate the challenges of diabetes and keep moving forward. Diagnosed at age two, he has talked to his classmates and rallied their support in the JDRF Walk, raising over $50,000.

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Riley

Inspired by a nurse who made her laugh and took care of her when she was diagnosed at age eight, Riley wants to pursue a career as an intensive care unit nurse. "I want to do for other children what she did for me," she says.

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Charlotte

Charlotte says she is grateful that she's able to control her diabetes well with support from her parents and family, although "it takes a lot of hard work and patience!" Diagnosed at age two, she works with her family to create a Walk video and send letters to friends each year to raise money for […]

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Cody

"Sometimes I get mad because I have diabetes and I think it's not fair, but then I remember my little sister and I think it's not so bad," says Cody, diagnosed at age one. "My sister Grace has Down syndrome and is in remission with leukemia. Her shots were bigger." Cody's appreciation for life and […]

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Jack

Described as a role model by his endocrinologist, Jack is an international pen pal with underprivileged children in India who also have type 1. "My letters have encouraged many of those children to become involved in their medical treatment and be comfortable with their illness," he says.

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Savannah

Savannah and her mom, who both have diabetes, volunteer their time every six weeks at a local children's hospital to lend support to newly diagnosed children and their families on behalf of JDRF.

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Madeline

Madeline says she does her best to keep her head held high, even though diabetes can be challenging. "I find that promoting diabetes [awareness] is a great way to get to know people and have a great time," she says.

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Carson

Carson enjoys playing "soccer minis," swimming, jumping on the trampoline with his brothers, working in the yard with his dad, and pushing people in their wheelchairs at the nursing home where his mom works. Diagnosed with type 1 at age two, he recently learned how to give himself insulin injections, and is committed to staying […]

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Josie

Josie – often known as "the girl who diagnosed herself" – was visited in the hospital by a Las Vegas local television news station just two days after her diagnosis at age 11, and months later, her story was broadcast nationally. Josie hadn't been feeling well for months, and her pediatrician blamed it on puberty.