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Ian

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 Ian lives by the advice his parents shared upon his T1D diagnosis. “My mom and dad told me, ‘You can do whatever you want—we may just have to do things a little bit different.’” Today, Ian does things his own way. A JDRF ambassador, he shares his story […]

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Chandler

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Chandler wants to share her thanks for all those who have championed the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). “Their support changes my life for the better every year. When I first was diagnosed, I had to inject insulin with a shot in my leg. Now I have an insulin […]

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Anya

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Pax means “peace” in Latin, and that’s just what Anya’s service dog, Pax, a Red Merle Australian shepherd, brings her. The two go everywhere together, from church and choir to the doctor’s office, movie theater, and restaurants. “He is a great friend. He lets me know when my […]

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Christina

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 As a child, Christina was worried about “catching” T1D. When she developed the (noncontagious) disease at 11, she realized “‘Catching’ type 1 diabetes is not like getting a cold, where you eventually get better … My constant dependence on needing to administer insulin at exactly the right times […]

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Trevin

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 Trevin’s enthusiasm for life, and a cure, is contagious. “It is one of my hopes and dreams that in my lifetime, a cure will be found, and I will do anything I can to help!” As an athlete, guitarist in his own band—which played at a recent JDRF […]

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Reed

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Reed wants to rewrite the story of T1D—literally. As an aspiring author, Reed blogs about the highs and lows of both blood-sugar levels and life as a teen with T1D. She is also the president of her JDRF chapter’s Youth Ambassadors program, which gives her the opportunity to […]

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Grant

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 12 Grant discusses his goals in his own words, but his sentiments are shared by everyone at Children’s Congress. “I hope to help more people be aware of type 1 diabetes. I want to show people how hard it is living with type 1 diabetes. I also want to […]

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Matthew

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 Though Matthew has learned to manage his T1D, he still worries about others—especially his young cousins, who, thankfully, don’t currently have the disease. “A cure for T1D is important to me, because I don’t think anybody should have to give themselves shots to stay alive. I have two […]

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Fallon

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 Fallon’s enthusiastic spirit is clear to all who hear her story. This varsity soccer player remains active and upbeat. “Type 1 diabetes changed my life, but it didn’t change my athletic abilities, my dreams, and my future goals. As a Native American, I want other native kids to […]

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Myles

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 months Myles is committed to serving his community. As the recipient of multiple service awards, it’s no surprise that his hope for a cure is rooted in its benefits for others. “A cure for type 1 diabetes is important to me because it would make my life and […]