2017 Delegates from Michigan


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Ethan

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Ethan’s latest JDRF One Walk was a labor of love. The way he is managing his T1D so inspired a friend of his mother that when the man got married, he asked people to make donations to Ethan’s JDRF One Walk team rather than buying gifts. The fourth-grader […]

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Jack

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 Jack was lucky that he was diagnosed with T1D soon after his symptoms began because his parents were aware of the signs. Managing the disease is tough, but he’s making the most of it. Jack is committed to spreading the word about T1D by speaking to his class, meeting […]

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Lola

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 When not leading her team at a JDRF One Walk, which together have raised close to $100,000 to date, Lola likes to play basketball, softball and the viola. Her whole family is involved in JDRF. Her father is on her local chapter board and her mother runs marathons […]

2015 Delegates from Michigan


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Brandon

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 Playing hockey, being outside, shoveling, watching hockey games, playing video games and playing basketball with friends are Brandon’s favorite activities. But battling T1D is perhaps Brandon’s greatest accomplishment. “I am most proud of being strong and not letting type 1 diabetes rule me.” Brandon participates in JDRF Walks, […]

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Nasir

Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Not only is Nasir a gifted linguist—he taught himself the basics of Japanese and Spanish, through online tutorials by the time he was four years old—he is also an American Mensa member. But what everyone notices first is Nasir’s highly contagious smile! Nasir plays T–ball for the Detroit […]

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Royal (Rollie)

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 T1D impacted Rollie’s life long before he discovered he had the disease—both his brother and his father had already been diagnosed with T1D. Hearing that he had it too really hit home. “When I was diagnosed, I realized that T1D is a big deal,” Rollie says. “T1D is […]

2013 Delegates from Michigan


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Andrew

Age: 7 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 When Andrew’s mom asked him if he would like to come to Children’s Congress to speak with legislators about the need for a cure for T1D, he first asked, “Would they end it for everybody?” His mom nodded. “Then yes!” Andrew is already active in promoting awareness. He […]

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Bethany

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Bethany is passionate about theater, music, and—of course—T1D research. “We need to have scientists and doctors researching type 1 diabetes, looking for new ways to treat it and looking for a cure. They have discovered so many things already—pumps and different types of insulin. We can’t stop now!” […]

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Steven

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 “Have you ever thought about what it would be like to perform the job of an internal organ?” asks Steven. “Not only do I have to act as my own pancreas, but I have to make medical decisions every day just to stay alive.” Research and technological innovations […]

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Tristin

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 As an artist whose work has been shown at The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, an advocate with organizations throughout the T1D community, and a star in a low-sugar juice ad, Tristin wears many hats in his fight against T1D. But the commitment to a cure is what unifies […]