2017 Delegates from Illinois


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Grace

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Grace is a straight-A student who enjoys playing volleyball, doing gymnastics and attending diabetes camp every summer. When she grows up she would like to be a doctor, and start her own bakery. Grace has no problem speaking in front of her class, or other groups, about what […]

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Lauren

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Lauren enjoys soccer, basketball, swimming and skiing. Her favorite music is the soundtrack from Hamilton. When she grows up, Lauren wants to create funny commercials for Progressive, Allstate or Geico. At times, managing her T1D can be tough, Lauren says, “I try really hard to not go high […]

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Leah

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 After her diagnosis with T1D, Leah had to make a decision: take control of her T1D or let it dominate her life. Leah chose to overcome it and learn how to manage it in a way that fits her lifestyle. Now a junior in high school, Leah is […]

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Matthew

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 Matthew likes to play drums, ride his bike and hang out with friends. He is also very proud to be a part of the gifted program at his school. Matthew’s team for his first JDRF One Walk raised more than $7,000 for T1D research. He says, “The day […]

2015 Delegates from Illinois


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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 […]

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Emily

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 All of the kids in Emily’s family live with T1D. Emily, her older sister and her younger brother have all been diagnosed with the disease. “Helping find a cure for diabetes has been a main priority for my family,” she says. Their family walks in JDRF Walks each […]

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Mason

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 months Mason believes T1D is nothing to shelter others from: “I don’t hide my disease,” he says. “I check my blood sugar in front of classmates and friends and when people ask about it, I’m more than happy to explain to them what I have and what it […]

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Quinn

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Quinn loves the limelight. She has written a screenplay, “Super Duper Low,” about T1D, which was made into a movie that “teaches kids about diabetes in a fun way.” She plays guitar and percussion, and even performs comedy routines. Her YouTube videos about what life is like with […]

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Thomas

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 13 Golf, track, wrestling, half–marathon running: Tommy tackles sports, and his T1D, head–on. “Since my diagnosis, I have jumped into managing my type 1 diabetes running,” he explains. “The other part of the resilience I had was from hope—the hope I have received from seeing the medical advancements in […]

2013 Delegates from Illinois


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Catherine

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Catherine was only two years old when she diagnosed herself. Her older sister Elizabeth had just been diagnosed with T1D, and Catherine wanted to be just like her—so she pricked her finger. “When my parents looked at the number on the meter, my life was about to change […]

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Colin

Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Colin dreams of a world without T1D. He hopes to become an inventor or engineer to find a way to make living with the disease easier—and ultimately aspires to discover a cure. In fact, Colin already supports T1D research and awareness by participating in JDRF Walks with his […]

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Elizabeth

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Elizabeth has taken great leaps toward her dream of becoming a doctor. She learned about glucose stimulation as an intern in the Islet Transplantation Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which is supported by the Special Diabetes Program. She also serves as vice president of her […]

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Emily

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 There’s one essential component that keeps Emily going despite the obstacles she faces managing her T1D. It’s simple: “Hope for the future, near and far.” Since 2005, Emily and her family have headed Emily’s Hope, an organization that promotes T1D education and organizes fundraising events. Emily has delivered […]

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Klaire

Age: 4 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Klaire may be young, but she has a big heart. A helper by nature, Klaire loves to help take care of little babies—she especially enjoys feeding them and playing with them. Klaire loves babies so much that her parents say she is the first one to spot a […]

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Morgan

Age: 7 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 At only seven years old, Morgan has told her family that she “wants to do whatever it takes to help and make a difference in type 1 diabetes research.” She has already won a Gold Award for being one of the largest fundraisers in JDRF’s Eastern Iowa Chapter, […]