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Nikhita

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Nikhita enjoys playing varsity tennis, participating in speech competitions, baking and watching Golden State Warriors games. She is also a dedicated feminist who wants to play a part in the fight for equality. She says, “T1D has made me a much stronger, independent and mature woman than I […]

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Thomas

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Thomas is in jazz band at school and his favorite hobby is drumming. He also enjoys ultimate frisbee, history, and politics. Thomas tries to stay as up-to-date as possible on the latest in diabetes research and treatments. He is a JDRF Youth Ambassador—and has volunteered at his local […]

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Vincent

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Since he was diagnosed four years ago, Vincent Po’oi has led one of Northern California Inland Chapter’s largest and most effective JDRF One Walk teams. That’s not the only way he helps the T1D community—he also participated in a year-long T1D research study, and he uses social media […]

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Ellie

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Ellie likes to perform Irish dance, play soccer and violin, and sing in choir. When she grows up she would like to become an engineer who helps build prosthetics for people and animals. Ellie says, “I dream of a world where there is peace, less people with T1D, […]

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Thomas

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Thomas and his family have been active with JDRF since shortly after his diagnosis at age three. Thomas has served as a Youth Ambassador for the Rocky Mountain Chapter for the past three years, volunteered at the chapter’s 2015 and 2016 Galas, and has participated in the local […]

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Bobby

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Bobby enjoys taking part in Model UN and coming up with solutions to real world issues. Both his sister and father also live with T1D. He says, “Thanks to JDRF we have seen great strides in bringing research to reality and I am very sure that with the […]

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Isabelle

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Isabelle loves to dance, particularly classic ballet, and take part in Model UN. Her goal is to attend medical school to become an endocrinologist. She explains, “Having to grow up with the disease has made me realize I want to become someone who will help other kids who […]

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Schuyler

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Schuyler loves sports, baking and traveling with her family. When she grows up, she wants to be involved with T1D by helping others manage the disease and find a cure. Her JDRF One Walk team ‘Schuyler’s Cupcakes’ has participated in eight JDRF Walks and raised more than $500,000 […]

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Brynn

Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Where have you seen her face before? Maybe on the cover of JDRF’s 2016 Special Diabetes Program brochure, or you might recognize her from one of her corporate appearances as a JDRF Youth Ambassador. In any case, six-year-old Brynn is already making a name for herself as a […]

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Chloe

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Chloe is proud of to take all honors and AP classes—and maintain a 3.8 GPA—while dealing with the effects of blood sugar highs and lows. One of her favorite things to do is bake. She says, “I look forward to the day when I can taste all my […]