2019 Delegates from Florida


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Brock

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Brock loves playing sports, especially football, and has dreams of playing in the NFL one day. In addition to being an MVP quarterback, Brock is also a champion off the field when it comes to spreading awareness about T1D, raising $40,000 through his JDRF One Walk team and […]

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Caden

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 If you want to know about all things basketball, Caden is your go-to guy! In addition to playing basketball at school, Caden serves as vice president of his school’s Junior Excel Club, a community service organization. Caden’s peers saw his natural leadership abilities with all the work he’s […]

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Cal

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Cal is the true definition of a T1D champion. Since he was diagnosed with T1D in 2011, he and his family have supported every event in every way possible. His ultimate goal in supporting JDRF’s mission, is to find a cure and live a life free of the […]

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Claire

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 At just 12 years of age, Claire is quite an accomplished young woman. She is an athlete, photographer, actress, inventor and most recently appointed to Jane Goodall’s National Youth Leadership Council. After receiving her T1D diagnosis in March 2018, she was determined not to slow down. Claire has […]

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Jasmine

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Jasmine is a varsity cheerleader, volunteer at a nursing home and a member of a female empowerment group that brings together young girls to build each other up, build character and gain valuable leadership skills. Jasmine participate in JDRF One Walk events and has served as a JDRF […]

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Juliet

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Juliet is a girl who always has a smile on her face, even when faced with the challenges of T1D. When she was diagnosed with T1D at age six, she recalls having a fun time at the hospital, as well as how much easier her life became when […]

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Mia

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Mia enjoys drawing detailed anime characters, singing and dancing along to Hamilton, playing with her Boston Terrier Banzo and goofing around with her younger brother Kai. She aspires to be a world traveler. Diagnosed with T1D at age one, Mia has devoted most of her life to advocating […]

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RJ

Age: 4 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 months It’s tough to find a 4-year-old boy as resilient and strong as RJ. When he was diagnosed with T1D at just 8 months old, he and his parents swiftly adapted to their new routine. As RJ’s mom says, “he wakes up with a smile everyday, which allows […]

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Robinson

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Robinson knows how special a supportive group of friends can be when you have T1D. At a young age, she and her friends started a nonprofit called Make a Real Change for Juvenile Diabetes (MARC). As part of MARC, Robinson and her friends make pins, then place them […]

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Sabine

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 Sabine is a level two blue belt in taekwondo, and is proud of earning a gold medal for sparring in a regional tournament. She plays percussion and sings in the Honor Choir for her county. Sabine also has several writing accomplishments, including winning the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation […]

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Stefano

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 15 Stefano is no ordinary kid. From the time of his diagnosis in 2014, he made it a purpose to break all stereotypes and set himself apart. In addition to balancing his rigorous academic schedule, Stefano founded a nonprofit initiative with JDRF called Project LastDrop for teens to raise […]

2017 Delegates from Florida


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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 […]

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Crew

Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Crew has had T1D for more than half of his young life. “Being type 1 is harsh,” he says. “I don’t really like having T1D.” Instead of finger sticks and insulin dosing, he’d like to focus on movies (especially Disney movies), zoos and aquariums—not just because they are […]

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Gabby

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Gabby enjoys gymnastics, swimming and performing on stage. Children’s Congress will not be the beginning of Gabby’s advocacy; she already has been active in her local T1D community and took part in the Promise to Remember Me initiative. She says, “I became the 2016 Youth Ambassador and traveled around […]

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Jaime

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Jaime loves baseball and hopes to one day play professionally. He was born in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish fluently, which comes in handy because he and his mother are dedicated to educating other Hispanic families about how to live happy and healthy lives with T1D. Although insulin […]

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Lucas

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 A black belt in tae kwon do and a member of his school’s Math Olympics team, Lucas is also a Youth Ambassador for JDRF’s Florida Suncoast Chapter. Lucas was diagnosed when his father, who also has T1D, recognized signs of the disease in his son. “My mom got […]

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Maeve

Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Maeve is a kindergartner who is currently homeschooled, and her favorite activities are jumping on the trampoline and doing artwork. When she grows up, Maeve wants to be an inventor. Maeve and her family take part in JDRF One Walk and the JDRF Gala—and they hold multiple fundraisers […]

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Reed

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 12 Reed is a competitive gymnast and musician who plays guitar and writes his own songs. Since he was diagnosed, there have been ups and down. He says, “In the early stages of my diagnosis, I did not want to admit that I had diabetes; I simply wanted to […]

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Samantha

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Samantha likes swimming, playing basketball and writing stories. From the day she was diagnosed, Samantha and her family have had a great attitude about living with T1D. She says, “We knew nothing about this disease, but we did know we would not let it win!” Each year, Samantha has […]

2015 Delegates from Florida


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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 […]

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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 […]

2013 Delegates from Florida


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Alexis

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 “Imagine a toddler who loves to dance, sing, and bother her big sister.” That little girl was Alexis, who also grew up learning how to help her older sister, Cerriah, manage her T1D—running to get juice when Cerriah was hypoglycemic. When Alexis was diagnosed with T1D—the seventh person […]

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Cerriah

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Cerriah’s family has one unfortunate legacy: Cerriah, her younger sister (Alexis), father, grandfather, and three uncles all have T1D. “I am living proof that with knowledge, discipline, and sacrifice, one can lead an almost normal life with type 1 diabetes. But the next child diagnosed could be your […]

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Emmabella

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Emmabella has many interests, and she gives 110 percent effort to every one of them. She has received awards for public speaking, artwork, academics, leadership, citizenship, and service. She plays tennis and soccer, and loves to read, write, and draw. She also loves animals and hopes to become […]

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Michael

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Michael knows about change—he’s an avid coin collector who can tell you all about the Mercury dime, the Indian Head penny, and the Standing Liberty quarter. But during Children’s Congress, there’s another kind of change on his mind—progress toward finding a cure for T1D. “I want us all […]

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Nicole

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 Nicole was diagnosed just two years ago, but in those two years, she has learned—and contributed—a great deal. “Being diagnosed has changed my life forever. I’ve learned many new things, the most important of which is responsibility.” For starters, Nicole formed Kiki’s Krew, which sponsors a tennis tournament […]

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Rachel

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 Rachel understands not only the difficulties of managing T1D, but also the challenges of finding a cure for it. Yet she also has hope for healthcare innovations. “It is really important for Congress to continue funding the Special Diabetes Program, because they are so close to making my […]

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Samantha

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Samantha has high hopes for others kids who, like her, struggle with T1D’s daily impact. “I want children to feel safe when they have sleepovers with friends or at birthday parties when their parents aren’t there. I want kids to play basketball and run track and field and […]

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Walker

Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 The middle child of five children, Walker’s the literal epicenter of his family. He enjoys spending free time watching movies, playing video games, competing in family soccer battles, games of “horse,” and anything else competitive. But if you ask Walker about the importance of winning, he will tell […]