2015 Delegates from California


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Brooklynn

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Having TID can be scary. But, as Brooklynn says, “It’s how you deal with that fear that defines you. In my case, I turned it into a source for empowerment. I use it to give me the courage to speak up about diabetes awareness and continue in patient […]

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Charles

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 When Charlie grows up, he wants to become a mechanical engineer and “work on solving the problems of our ever changing world.” He’s already tackling T1D. He has participated in two continuous glucose monitor studies, which he enjoyed “because I got to experience firsthand the cutting–edge technology that […]

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Claire

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Claire, who was diagnosed as a young child, says T1D “has always been part of my life.” But technological advances have evolved as Claire has grown. She started using an insulin pump in 2012 and was amazed by the change. “Wow, this made my life so much easier, […]

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Delilah

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Delilah remembers the day she was diagnosed. “It was very scary,” she says, “it was a lot to learn.” Yet Delilah has turned those fears into a new hope for a cure. Today, she uses a CGM and also relies on her diabetes alert dog, Yalu. “I am […]

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Grace

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 12 Grace participated in a JDRF Walk about 10 years before she was even diagnosed with T1D—she walked to support her brother, who was diagnosed first. “We were the first members of our family to have type 1 diabetes, so it was a huge adjustment for all of us,” […]

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Hunter

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 Hunter is reaching new heights… and it’s not just because he’s an accomplished pole vaulter. (He even taught himself to vault!) Hunter has raised more than $30,000 for JDRF in the years since he was diagnosed, serves as a Youth Ambassador, helps out at JDRF Galas, golf and […]

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Jackson

Age: 7 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Can you imagine a restaurant designed for people with T1D? Jackson can. He loves going out to eat but is sometimes frustrated that restaurants don’t always post nutritional information. Someday, he wants to open “Jackson’s Restaurant of Everything,” complete with nutritionists to answer questions. In the meantime, Jackson […]

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Jacob

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 From speech and debate, to robotics and programming, to lacrosse and cycling, Jacob’s passions are as diverse as his many commitments to T1D awareness. A JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes cyclist, volunteer and speaker, Jacob has also shared information about T1D with his classmates through health projects. “In […]

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John

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 An avid baseball player, John has played for as long as he can remember on school, little league, all–star and travel teams. “I have played most sports: baseball, basketball, soccer, football and golf,” he says, but “baseball is my favorite sport by far because I have played it […]

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Joseph

Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Joseph has some serious fundraising chops. His JDRF Walk team was the second–highest fundraising team in his local JDRF chapter, raising almost $15,000 in Joseph’s very first year participating, an amount they doubled at this year’s Walk. With help from his mom, Joseph helps share his message of hope […]

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Laura

Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Laura is a hard worker: She helps her dad on their family ranch, and when she grows up, she wants to become a veterinarian, and to continue to farm her family’s avocados, citrus fruits and olives. She is also a dedicated T1D advocate. Laura and her diabetic alert […]

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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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Madeleine

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Maddy tells an inspiring story about sharing her experience with T1D: “I gave a short speech at the Imagine Gala about how I had to stick myself a minimum of 84 times a week to test my blood sugar. I asked the audience to please give $84 towards […]

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Olivia

Age: 7 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Olivia has Olympic–sized dreams: A talented ice skater, she won two first–place medals in her first competition. “My mom said she was extra proud of me, because not only did I go out and do my programs the best I could, I also did it while dealing with […]

2013 Delegates from California


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Allison

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 T1D has taken Allison across the globe. In 2010, she traveled to Switzerland as part of the first U.S. team to compete in the Medtronic Junior Cup international soccer tournament. A cure for T1D would have a positive impact on her game—and her life. “What I hope to […]

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Andrew

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Andrew knows how to spread the word about T1D. “I’m not shy about my T1D or the tools I use to manage it, and I’d be thrilled to tell anyone willing to listen how T1D affects every minute of every day of my life. Awareness is very important […]

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Austin

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Austin is determined to find a cure for T1D and hopes a career in medicine or electrical engineering will one day help him achieve this goal. As a member of Destination Imagination, a global math and engineering competition, Austin is full of ideas: “What if you could sync […]

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Brandon

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 14 Brandon shows up every day—literally. This honors student has never missed a day of school or arrived late for class. He shows up for his T1D, too, by taking care of his health and being an advocate for T1D research funding. “Though living with type 1 diabetes has […]

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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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Eileen

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Eileen has grand aspirations—when she grows up, she’d like to become president of the United States, or a police officer. For now, though, she’d just like to find a cure. “A cure for type 1 diabetes is very important to my family and me. It would mean no […]

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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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Jonah

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Jonah has learned a lot about T1D since his diagnosis, and he helps educate his classmates and his community. In fact, one of his proudest accomplishments is learning how to manage his disease. Yet Jonah still hopes for a solution to T1D. “Even though having type 1 diabetes […]

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Jonah

Age: 7 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Jonah knows that it is what’s on the inside that matters when it comes to T1D. “People look at me and they think it’s easy, because they can’t see that my pancreas doesn’t work, but it’s not easy. I bet if everyone had T1D, then everyone would realize […]

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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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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 […]

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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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Will

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 12 Will’s story is both unique and universal. After being rushed to the hospital with a blood-glucose level of 960—plus three days of sickness, vomiting, and learning how to administer insulin shots—he was able to leave, but not without realizing that his life had changed. “I hope to use […]

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Willa

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Willa has seen the future! Just one week after her T1D diagnosis, she joined the Metabolic Control Study at Stanford University, where she received an insulin pump, continuous glucose monitor, and—most importantly— for three days in the hospital, she got to use an artificial pancreas system. “I think […]

2011 Delegates from California


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Caroline

One day, Caroline wants to be a professional soccer player, an artist, an orthodontist, and a mom. She also wants to attend Duke University and drive a yellow sports car.

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Cynthia

When she was diagnosed just before her 11th birthday – the day before her family was supposed to leave for vacation – Cynthia worried about how her life would change. Now, she plays softball on two teams and has made All-Stars three years running.

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Hayes

Hayes is living proof that with effort and optimism, change is possible. Strengthened by that positive approach to life, he aspires to be an ambassador one day, to "help bring peace to our planet," and is a big supporter of diabetes research and awareness.

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Jeffrey

Jeff likes to challenge himself, so when he was diagnosed with type 1 in sixth grade, he knew that in order to continue doing well in school and sports, he would need to take on the added challenge of managing his disease.

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Jonathan

When Jonathan returned to school after being diagnosed at age six, his mother explained diabetes to his classmates. Since then, his entire school has been supportive, and has even raised money for and participated in the JDRF Walk.

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Joseph

When Joseph graduates from college, he wants to have a career helping people or animals. In his years before college, however, Joseph is already helping others by spreading awareness about diabetes and raising money for research.

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Kaitlyn

"I am so proud to be a part of JDRF," says Kaitlyn, who wants to be a chapter Executive Director one day. Diagnosed at age two, she is a Youth Ambassador for the Inland Empire Chapter and is enthusiastic about raising money for JDRF and spreading awareness about type 1.

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Lucy

Lucy and her family are huge advocates for diabetes research. That's because Lucy was diagnosed when she was three, and a year later, her brother, Hayes, was diagnosed at age eight.

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Michelle

Michelle, diagnosed at age four, remembers the moment in first grade when she realized she couldn't be totally carefree. While repeatedly climbing up a mountain of snow for toboggan runs with her friends, her blood sugar dropped terribly low.

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Ryan

Ryan, diagnosed at 16 months old, is interested in a career as a dirt bike rider or entertainment wrestler. But first, he wants to teach people about diabetes and help find a cure.

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Ryan

A poster hangs in the front office of Ryan's endocrinologist, showing Ryan's many activities and proving that he hasn't let diabetes stop him from living. "It took a lot of work, but now I am driving down the road of life with few potholes, or at least fewer than normal for an adolescent…with type 1 […]

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Sarah

When she was diagnosed at age 10, Sarah says all she knew about type 1 was that Nick Jonas had it. Since then, she has learned a lot about the disease and says she is grateful to the doctors at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), who have guided her in managing her diabetes.

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Taylor

"I seem to enjoy everything," says Taylor. She loves school, plays soccer and softball, rides horses, plays piano, and is a Girl Scout, not to mention a whole list of other activities she wants to learn.