2019 Delegates from North Carolina


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Catchie

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Catchie hasn’t let T1D stand in her way of being a competitive gymnast—practicing and competing for 20 hours each week—and dreams of becoming a veterinarian one day. She has participated in several JDRF events including JDRF One Walk, Gala and various advocacy initiatives. Catchie is looking forward to […]

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Ella

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 Ella plays goalie on her school’s varsity lacrosse team, and is already receiving interest from college coaches. Off of the field, Ella is known as an “unofficial” spokesperson for the T1D community, and has made it a priority to raise awareness about the disease, and make sure that […]

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Jack

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Jack doesn’t remember a lot about being in the hospital at age three when he was diagnosed with T1D, but he does remember feeling scared, which is why he shares his story with kids at local hospitals who are newly diagnosed. Through working with his doctor and using […]

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Kabir

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis:14 When Kabir was diagnosed with T1D, he worried about the changes it would bring to him and his family’s lives and all of the adjustments they would have to make. Kabir was able to get into a routine and return to doing the things he enjoys—participating in varsity sports, […]

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Will

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 15 months Will has had T1D as long as he can remember. When he was diagnosed at only 15 months old, his parents had to learn how to care for him even though he could not articulate how he was feeling. But Will had some help from his father, […]

2017 Delegates from North Carolina


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Chance

Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 20 months Chance really likes arts and crafts—and when he grows up he would like to be an artist, engineer or architect. He and his family have participated in JDRF One Walk every year since his diagnosis and have raised more than $86,000. They are also very involved with […]

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Maddie

Age:  15 Age at Diagnosis:  7 Scholar, athlete, and person with T1D. That’s Maddie, a straight A Honor Roll student who also plays varsity tennis and soccer, and helped launch a surf camp for kids with T1D. An aspiring doctor, Maddie volunteers at a local hospital which featured her in an advertising campaign promoting its […]

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Miles

Age: 5 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 This year, Miles started playing T-ball, soccer and basketball. When he grows up he wants to be a member of the Army, a police officer or a dog walker. Miles and his mom are also very busy advocating for T1D research. They’ve taken part in five JDRF One […]

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Sebastian

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Sebastian is a high school sophomore who has not let T1D stop him from achieving his goals. He is at the top of his class at school, competes in gymnastics and plays viola in several orchestras. This year, he rode in his first JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes […]

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Will

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 12 Will enjoys playing varsity soccer, swimming and tennis. He also loves long-distance running, reading, and surfing. In the future, Will wants to study medicine. Although managing T1D can be a challenge, Will says, “Because of T1D I am ready for anything life has to throw at me, and […]

2015 Delegates from North Carolina


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Andrew

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Andrew’s participation in JDRF Children’s Congress isn’t his first foray into politics. He has served as both vice president and president of his student council, as well as a JDRF Junior Ambassador for the last five years. And T1D isn’t the only health hurdle he’s overcome. Andrew had […]

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Rachel

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 “I’ve appreciated my life, both the good and bad, so much more as a chronically ill young person than I ever could have as a regular teenager,” reflects Rachel. “Being sick is the greatest blessing in disguise. It’s so much more than just having an illness.” Rachel, a […]

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Stella

Age: 4 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Stella was diagnosed with T1D just a few days after her third birthday. As her mom explains, “JDRF is her advocate, as well as the best weapon in the fight against type 1 diabetes for thousands of children. Without the fundraising efforts of JDRF, diabetes research and technology […]

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Stephen

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 “I do believe that if we continue to work together,” says Stephen, “one day diabetes will no longer exist. I try every day to keep myself in good health so that I can be first in line for the cure.” Stephen is doing his part to bring about […]

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Trinity

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Trinity doesn’t just wish for a cure, she works for it. For the last four years, she has asked her friends to bring donations for JDRF to her birthday party instead of gifts—raising close to $3,000. She sells hot dogs at her local ‘The Fresh Market’ to benefit […]

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Turner

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 “The marathon JDRF has been running is closing in on the finish line,” says Turner, “but every extra donation can only succeed in helping them cross it faster.” Turner is contributing to that race by attending JDRF Walks, serving as a JDRF Gala ambassador, and mentoring children through […]

2013 Delegates from North Carolina


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Anya

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Pax means “peace” in Latin, and that’s just what Anya’s service dog, Pax, a Red Merle Australian shepherd, brings her. The two go everywhere together, from church and choir to the doctor’s office, movie theater, and restaurants. “He is a great friend. He lets me know when my […]

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Carr

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Every year, Carr and his family do everything they can to support T1D research by forming JDRF Walk teams, attending Galas, and advocating in Washington, D.C. Carr is interested in politics and has spoken with members of his state’s legislature about funding for T1D. “All of these devices […]

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Chandler

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Chandler wants to share her thanks for all those who have championed the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). “Their support changes my life for the better every year. When I first was diagnosed, I had to inject insulin with a shot in my leg. Now I have an insulin […]

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Ian

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 Ian lives by the advice his parents shared upon his T1D diagnosis. “My mom and dad told me, ‘You can do whatever you want—we may just have to do things a little bit different.’” Today, Ian does things his own way. A JDRF ambassador, he shares his story […]

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Joel

Age: 5 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Joel was diagnosed at just 22 months. In the early days of his disease, Joel’s parents found it difficult to regulate his blood-sugar levels. Even with precise carbohydrate counting, his blood sugar would drop so sharply in the middle of the night that his parents stopped giving him […]