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Jonathan

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Jonathan understands how closely funding research and finding a cure are intertwined. “We need to find a way to prevent type 1 diabetes so that my kids don’t have to get it. We cannot prevent type 1 diabetes until we know what causes it.” As a JDRF ambassador, […]

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Miles

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 JDRF has taken Miles to new heights. After a JDRF rock-climbing event, Miles began climbing competitively, and even earned a high ranking in a national event. But an even greater bonus for Miles has been meeting a community of other kids with T1D. “Through JDRF, I have made […]

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Mary Kate

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 Mary Kate gets by with a little help from her friends. “I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have such wonderful people in my life supporting me and living with me each and every day, overcoming this disease right by my side. I have true supporters […]

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Mia

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Mia remembers her first JDRF Walk. “The first year, I was only five, and I thought that because we did the Walk and raised money, a cure would be found right away and we wouldn’t have to do the Walk again. There isn’t a cure yet, so we […]

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Adalyne

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Adalyne, who manages both T1D and celiac disease, has a lot on her mind. “A cure would mean my brain could think about other things instead.” Adalyne and her family are helping in the effort toward a cure, having founded the largest support group in Phoenix, AZ, discussing […]

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Cindy

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Imagine a world without T1D, asks Cindy. “There would be no more little kids crying as their parents try to coax them into poking their fingers. There would be no more use for diabetes supplies. There would be no more little kids in hospital beds receiving the news […]

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Hannah

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Hannah hopes that through her lengthy experience with T1D, she can be a role model to younger kids at Children’s Congress. “The challenge of having type 1 diabetes has taught me to be independent, hardworking, and compassionate. I know what it’s like to have to overcome an obstacle, […]

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Julianna

Age: 5 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Julianna and her family have come through many challenges. When Julianna was diagnosed, her father, Shiloh, an Army major and Blackhawk Pilot, decided to stay in the Army, in part to maintain health insurance. During his deployments, Julianna’s mother managed the girl’s T1D on her own, while also […]

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Sophia

Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Sophia is only six, but she’s growing up fast. Diagnosed with T1D one year ago, she has learned to deal gracefully with seven insulin shots and 12 blood-glucose readings a day, waking up twice every night, and calculating the carbohydrates in every bite of food she eats—while at […]

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Ryan

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Modern-day cowboy Ryan is riding for a cure. This rodeo finalist practices three to four times daily and also loves camping, swimming, and training dogs. “I want people to see that kids with type 1 diabetes can be normal, active kids just like any other kids, with the […]