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Hannah

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 Hannah makes the most of each moment. A competitive dancer who practices 15–plus hours weekly (she has placed in the top 10 in a national competition), she is also a liturgical choir singer, writer, honors student, Disney Shining Star award winner … and the list goes on! She […]

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Maguire

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 Maguire is a gifted guitarist. He’s been taking lessons since he was nine, and dreams of becoming a musician or composer. “It is my passion. It is who I am and it is what I do.” He’s even used his guitar to spread a message of hope for […]

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Nick

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Nick is good with numbers. Now in his eighth year of having T1D, he calculates that he’s undergone about 70,080 hours living with the disease, 17,520 insulin injections, 96 pharmacy trips and 32 endocrinologist visits. Yet these figures don’t reveal the true depth of Nick’s life. An active public […]

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Rush

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Rush is attending JDRF Children’s Congress because he has high hopes for a cure. “This is a nation that makes great things happen. Finding a cure for T1D would be a big accomplishment for our nation,” he says. “It would be a gift to the world. A gift […]

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Uma

Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 An avid reader and talented artist (she especially loves drawing and painting), Uma was diagnosed with T1D just last year. Yet she and her mom, a journalist, are already raising awareness—especially in the Hispanic community. In fact, her mom Hirania Luzardo has written about Uma’s life with T1D […]

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Mary Morgan

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 “I’m learning that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade,” says Mary Morgan. “Sugar–free lemonade, that is!” Her sunny disposition gets her through the daily struggles of having T1D, which she was diagnosed with about five years ago. But Mary Morgan’s magnetic personality also has a […]

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Robert (Bobby)

Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 For Bobby, a cure for T1D would mean one thing: Game time! “There is so much hope that someday I can just keep playing baseball and not have to stop and check my blood!” he says. Because of recent updates, he says, “There is hope in an artificial […]

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David

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 David is living proof that T1D technology is life–changing. He received his first CGM six months after his T1D diagnosis, and later was chosen as the child spokesperson for the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor. Still, as David says, “The technology that I use every day is critical, but […]

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Kennedy

Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Kennedy is a blue ribbon–winning member of 4–H, a swim team member and an aspiring gymnast. She is also an experienced advocate for T1D research, having participated in the JDRF Promise to Remember Me campaign and visiting with her Congressmen and Senators, regularly speaking to her class about […]

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Cooper

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 While Cooper is grateful for his insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor, he’s holding out hope for a cure. “In some ways diabetes research has changed so much in my lifetime, and in some ways it has changed so little. I feel that we are on the brink […]