2019 Delegates from Ohio


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C.C.

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 13 months C.C. maintains a busy schedule full of basketball, softball, Girl Scouts, swimming, traveling and acting, but none of those things stop her from making time to advocate for her fellow members of the T1D community. Over the years, C.C. and her family have been incredibly involved with […]

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Sam

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 15 months Sam is a leader both in the classroom and on the field, as an honor roll student who also participates in club level sports throughout the year. There are lots of things that define Sam, but one thing that he refuses to let define him is living […]

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Skye

Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Skye is usually described as strong, brave, and “one tough cookie!” After her T1D diagnosis, these words became even more descriptive of how she handles things—from cleaning her insulin injection sites to poking her fingers to test her blood-sugar levels. As her friends and family put it, “Skye’s […]

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Tyler

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Though Tyler is just 10 years old, he has already met with more Members of Congress than most people do in a lifetime. Following his T1D diagnosis just a few months before his second birthday, Tyler and his family began speaking with legislators about the importance of T1D […]

2017 Delegates from Ohio


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Brooklyn

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Brooklyn likes collecting rare stamps, practicing archery and performing music. She also enjoys speaking on behalf of people with T1D. She has been interviewed for radio, television and newspaper stories, and also recorded commercials for her local JDRF One Walk. While T1D is tough, she tries to stay […]

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Graham

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Gators in Northeast Ohio? Yep, specifically ‘Graham’s Gators’; one of the chapter’s top JDRF One Walk teams for five years in a row. The Gators are led by Graham, a competitive swimmer, saxophonist, and a student who aspires to be a game designer or digital artist. In addition […]

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Paul

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Bowling, cornhole tournaments, bingo nights, car washes and lemonade stands. It’s hard to imagine there’s any way to raise money for T1D research that Paul and his family haven’t tried. Paul has participated in the Southwest Ohio Chapter’s JDRF One Walk and Gala events for several years, has […]

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Sarah

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Sarah enjoys singing in several choirs and serving as a mentor to newly diagnosed teens in her hometown of Columbus. Life with T1D has always felt normal for Sarah. She explains, “Because I was diagnosed so young, I really don’t remember what it was like to live without […]

2015 Delegates from Ohio


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Anna

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Anna stays active with tennis, track and ski racing. Her proudest accomplishments include placing second in a half marathon, qualifying for the New York State ski race, and qualifying to travel to Russia to ski race in the International Children’s Games. An ardent advocate for T1D awareness, she […]

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Cameron

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 The ball’s in Cameron’s court! An accomplished tennis player, Cameron plays twice a week, and competes on a travel tennis team. He also earned his black belt in karate, an especially impressive feat since he earned it the same year he was diagnosed with T1D. In addition to […]

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Carter

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Carter is the third member of his family to have T1D; his father and grandfather were both diagnosed with the disease, too. Luckily, courage also runs in the family. Carter and his family stay active in their local JDRF chapter by raising funds with their JDRF Walk team, […]

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Isabella

Age: 4 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Isabella is a triplet, but she’s also entirely one of a kind. The only one in her family with T1D, Isabella’s family says that her “diagnosis has given our family something to be passionate about: finding a cure. We know that the work we are doing to raise […]

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Jackson

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Jackson already has plenty of experience spreading the word about T1D awareness. He has recently served as Northwest Ohio’s Youth Ambassador, as well as his local JDRF Walk Grand Marshall. He also gives speeches on behalf of JDRF to encourage people to donate. But sometimes his efforts are […]

2013 Delegates from Ohio


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Abbey

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 13 Living with T1D may keep Abbey on her toes, but nothing can stop this performing powerhouse from taking the stage. Just five days after her diagnosis with T1D, Abbey was back in her favorite place—on stage, front and center, performing a dance solo. And her love of the […]

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Avery

Age: 7 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Diagnosed with T1D weeks after her third birthday, Avery can’t remember life without T1D. But the disease hasn’t stopped this ambitious grade-schooler from working toward some very big dreams. She plans to become not only a teacher and a doctor, helping children living with T1D, but also a […]

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Jack

Age: 4 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 months Jack was diagnosed with T1D at just 11 months, after his history of weight loss, ear infections, and difficulty sleeping led his family to bring him to the hospital. There, Jack entered a coma, remaining in it for days until awakening—with a smile—on his mom’s 30th birthday. […]

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Jack

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Jack wants to assure other kids at Children’s Congress that it’s perfectly normal to feel different. “If there were a cure, the kids who now suffer from type 1 diabetes wouldn’t feel so different from other people. I know I might be different, but I know I am […]

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Olivia

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 While in the hospital after her T1D diagnosis, Olivia experienced a great support system that helped her learn about the changes T1D was quickly ushering into her life. She realized, however, that not everyone living with T1D had access to the help that she did. She hopes to […]