2019 Delegates from Arizona



Age: 5 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Although Grant is only five, he has already grown into a big advocate for those living with T1D. His parents describe his attitude toward T1D as brave and articulate, and even though Grant will tell you his pancreas is broken, he hasn’t let it stop him from doing […]



Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 Rachel lives with both T1D and childhood Graves’ disease, and she refuses to let either slow her down. Rachel stays very active by hiking, lifting weights and playing club volleyball. She was captain of her high school’s varsity volleyball team as a freshman, and she went to state […]

2017 Delegates from Arizona



Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Aiden loves sports, playing with his brother and sister and reading. Three years ago, he developed celiac disease and the added burden has been difficult. He says, “I learned that once you have one autoimmune disease, like type 1 diabetes, you are now more susceptible to developing another.” […]



Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 AJ enjoys hanging out with his friends, riding his bike and uploading videos to his YouTube gaming channel. Each year, AJ speaks in front of his class to tell his schoolmates what life is like with T1D. He says, “Diabetes really damages my life and makes it much […]



Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 Davis is an active musician, playing violin and piano, and singing in choir. He also runs cross country and plays soccer. Davis’ two siblings both have T1D, and he and his brother were diagnosed on the same day. Daily T1D tasks are a family affair in his household. […]

2015 Delegates from Arizona



Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 In a moving letter to her Congressman, Haley explained that complications from T1D are “scary for me and the millions of others with type 1 diabetes in this country. That’s why I am so involved with JDRF. That’s why I hiked 221 miles and nearly froze to death […]



Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Katherine is a YouTube sensation! She has created her own fantastic take on Meghan Trainor’s hit song, “All About That Bass,” but with a type T1D twist. Katherine and her friends with T1D sing their own version called “All About The Cure,” and have even been featured on […]



Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Nicole wants to encourage everyone attending JDRF Children’s Congress—and she hopes to inspire even more people when she’s older. “I want to be a pediatrician or teacher when I grow up. I want to tell other kids with diabetes that it is ok to have diabetes, and that […]

2013 Delegates from Arizona



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 […]


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 […]



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 […]