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Louise

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Louise, who loves reading, writing, drawing and listening to music, has reached a number of impressive goals. “Accomplishments I’m especially proud of include being one of two girls chosen to attend a science and math camp called Tech Trek over the summer of my seventh grade year, giving […]

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David

Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 David is in good company managing his T1D—his older brother was diagnosed with the disease nearly 12 years before David learned he had T1D. “I was taught a lot from my brother, and he has really helped me out. I can’t believe all the things I have to […]

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Michael

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Michael isn’t alone in the struggle against T1D. “I have watched my friends, cousin and my brother diagnosed and struggle the same way that I have,” he says. He’s attending JDRF Children’s Congress to advocate not just for renewed research efforts but also to share his hope for […]

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Olivia

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 “Diabetes has thrown me some challenges over the last ten years,” says Olivia. “But my parents have always taught me that I can do anything that someone without diabetes can do, it just takes more thought and planning.” Olivia is well on her way to doing anything and […]

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Claire

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Every kid living with T1D is brave, and Claire is certainly no exception. She’s already participated in three clinical trials, including one on insulin’s impact on brain growth. Claire advocates for JDRF by participating in JDRF Walks, and has even appeared in a JDRF public service announcement with […]

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Robert

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Marshall’s entire family is dedicated to JDRF advocacy. Together, they’ve organized a JDRF Walk, rallying friends and family under the team name “Marshall’s Tough Travelers” and winning a silver prize for fundraising. A water polo player and varsity golfer, Marshall is personally most proud of his contribution as […]

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Sadie

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 Education is important to Sadie—especially educating the public about what it means to have T1D. “It is amazing how few people know about T1D or confuse it with type 2,” she says. She does her best to inform others by reaching out to classmates, delivering a presentation after […]

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Ayame

Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Aya has only had T1D for about a year, but she is already an avid advocate for research and innovation. On National T1D Awareness Day last year, she proudly ran in a 5K Color Run, donning a shirt that read, “I am a type 1 diabetic” to help […]

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Cassandra

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Cassandra is truly a JDRF pioneer. Along with her mom and grandma, she helped start six JDRF Walks in her local community, raising almost $200,000 for JDRF so far. She has also discussed the disease, which she has had since she was a toddler, on TV and in […]

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Hannah

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Hannah is a born leader, certified scuba instructor and JV lacrosse player. As a member of Star Leadership, she has worked on solutions to important problems in her community. She’s also led the charge against T1D by speaking publicly about her experience with the disease as a JDRF […]