2019 Delegates from Tennessee



Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Everyone in Knoxville knows Clayton, from his many appearances on the news, to thanking customers at local stores supporting JDRF. Since he was diagnosed with T1D at age six, Clayton has been sharing his T1D story to inspire others, and to emphasize the importance of funding T1D research. […]



Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 After his grandmother passed away due to complications from T1D, Elijah committed to taking the best possible care of himself and managing his T1D, and to ensuring that no other family has to go through what his family has endured. With that goal in mind, Elijah is excited […]



Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 15 When first diagnosed with T1D, Sofi was anxious about suddenly having to care for her own health, manage medical devices and give herself injections, but she also found inspiration for the career she wants to pursue. Sofi is inspired by the doctors and nurses who have helped her […]

2017 Delegates from Tennessee



Age: 7 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 The beeping of her insulin pump isn’t the worst thing about having T1D. But for Claire, it may be the most annoying. The seven-year-old has better things to do than lay awake at night listening to her pump, like talking to her friends about life with T1D, or […]



Age: 7 Age at T1D diagnosis: 16 months Duncan is a Cub Scout, plays baseball and is active in his school’s chess club. A participant in a gifted program called Encore, Duncan is a talented visual artist. He loves Star Wars and swimming. His family is active with JDRF’s Middle Tennessee Chapter, where his father […]



Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Jackson is very active and enjoys playing baseball, soccer, tennis, wrestling and swimming. He would like to be an astronaut and a bull fighter when he grows up. Jackson has participated in numerous T1D clinical trials, including one for Dexcom. He and his family also take part in […]

2015 Delegates from Tennessee



Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Evie isn’t attending JDRF Children’s Congress just for herself; she’s here to advocate for her younger brother Daniel, too. Daniel was born with Down syndrome, and was later diagnosed with T1D, like Evie. “As I have taught Daniel many lessons on how to treat diabetes, he has taught […]



Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 12 As Owen puts it, “My life has truly been shaped by diabetes but not controlled by [it]. … I enjoy getting involved in as many things as possible!” Water polo, bowling, student council, cliff diving, Red Cross, Model UN, the National Spanish Honor Society, volunteering and mock trial […]



Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 DJ is a seasoned public speaker who has addressed crowds at two JDRF Walk events and at Walk meetings, participated in five JDRF Promise to Remember Me meetings, and even delivered a speech to classmates after he won his school’s spelling bee (he was the first third grader […]

2013 Delegates from Tennessee



Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 As the son of two doctors, Ahmed knows that research has ripple effects—even on those who don’t have T1D. “Finding a cure is crucial, because certain mechanisms that would be developed could also advance research for other autoimmune diseases.” What are his hopes? That “a cure for type […]



Age: 5 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 T1D knows no age limits. Garrett Allen was diagnosed at age one, having spent a fraught night in the neonatal intensive care unit after his parents were alerted by his symptoms. “The emergency room doctor told us that had we waited any longer,” says his mother, Sally, “Garrett […]



Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Kate has one fail-proof strategy for dealing with T1D: optimism. “I know that it is easy to get discouraged about having type 1 diabetes. It can be rough. It is hard on friends, family, and the person who has the disease. However, I also know that this disease […]