2017 Delegates from Texas


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Anastasia

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Anastasia enjoys cheerleading and golfing. She hopes to soon be the captain of her high school golf team and eventually play in the LPGA. From the moment she was diagnosed, her mind was set on not letting T1D get in the way of her living her life. She […]

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Austin

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Austin enjoys playing football, baseball and spending time with his dog and his friends. He’s been involved with JDRF for years. He has attended Promise to Remember Me meetings with his father, fundraised for the JDRF One Walk, and spoken at his local Gala. Austin knows how important […]

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Claire

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 Claire enjoys playing basketball, running track and volunteering with her church. She was very worried about her future when she was first diagnosed with T1D, but with help from JDRF she says, “I realized that although I have diabetes, it doesn’t have me.” Claire is the team captain […]

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Emma

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 Emma is a cheerleader who also enjoys playing the flute and participating in sports. She likes helping her dad—who also has T1D—raise awareness about the disease. The many ways she gets involved include participating in JDRF One Walk, acting as a JDRF Youth Ambassador, speaking at her school […]

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Henry

Age: 4 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Like his superhero idols, Henry faces a ruthless enemy in T1D. And like them, he uses his powers for good, not evil. His outgoing personality, love of meeting new people and his willingness to discuss how he uses his CGM and insulin pump to help manage his disease […]

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Isabelle

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Isabelle enjoys competitive cheerleading, reading and spending time with her friends. She wants to go to the University of Texas and study to become a family practice lawyer. Isabelle says, “My diagnosis was scary, but I already knew about diabetes because my older sister also has T1D.” Isabelle […]

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Kaitlin

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 Kaitlin loves playing soccer competitively, acting in plays and drawing with her friends. She hasn’t had T1D for long, and has rapidly adjusted to life with it. She says, “It was hard in the beginning, but now it’s definitely easier. I used to fear shots like crazy, but […]

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Lily

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Lily likes to play soccer and read. She would like to become a cardio-thoracic surgeon or a professional soccer player. Lily is working hard to eventually attend a great college. “It gets tough sometimes and I feel burned out, but I know there is nothing to be ashamed […]

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Peyton

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 12 Peyton enjoys playing tennis for his high school’s varsity team, which won the state championship last fall. Managing his diabetes with tennis can be tough, especially when his blood sugar compromises his game. Peyton says, “My dream is to someday play a match free from diabetes and the […]

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Sarah

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Sarah has been a JDRF Walk Ambassador for the past 10 years. Five years ago, she became team captain for her JDRF One Walk team and two years ago became a JDRF Gala Ambassador. She has spoken at several corporate JDRF One Walk kick-off functions and met with […]

2015 Delegates from Texas


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Berkeley

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 In addition to volunteering with her local JDRF office and raising an impressive $50,000 through JDRF Walks, Berkeley worked as a teen counselor at a diabetes camp, participated in the TypeOneNation Summit, and, for her Girl Scouts Silver Award project, created a YouTube video and booklet explaining T1D. […]

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Cheney

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Thrill–seeking Cheney loves riding WaveRunners (“I think she hit 48 mph last summer on a crystal–smooth Geneva Lake in Wisconsin,” says her dad, who was riding with Cheney.) She also enjoys gymnastics, soccer, tennis and choir. Cheney reflects on her diagnosis: “Life has become more complicated,” she says, […]

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Elizabeth

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Elizabeth doesn’t let T1D slow her down one bit! She is an avid and competitive dancer who loves performing jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary—and drill team. She is currently in sixth grade and aspires to become a professional dancer. She says, “Dancing safely with diabetes takes extra work. I […]

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Grant

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 Grant is translating his love of languages into impressive advocacy work. As a two–year National Spanish Exam gold medalist and secretary of his school’s Spanish Club, Grant drew on his linguistic expertise to help create a Spanish outreach program with the JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter. His significant […]

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Intisar

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Intisar believes it takes a village to improve life with T1D. “I strongly believe that it takes a community and, indeed, the nation to combat diabetes. It takes parents and families, educators and school staff, doctors and healthcare providers, researchers and scientists, legislators and policymakers, community and government […]

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Jacquelyn

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Tumbling, tennis and T1D: Jacquelyn does it all. Diagnosed as a toddler, Jacquelyn has a twin sister who also lives with the disease. Both sisters are hopeful for new innovations in T1D care. “Research is important because I am now on an insulin pump and a CGM. This […]

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Jillian

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Jillian was diagnosed with T1D years after her identical twin sister Jacquelyn discovered she had the disease. Together, Jillian and her family raise money for JDRF by holding bake sales, attending JDRF Galas and giving talks about T1D to classmates. “We speak in front of our class and […]

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Katherine

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 “From low blood sugars to high blood sugars, and illness to excitement, and so many other things, I had to just keep my head up and keep going,” says Kate of her journey living with T1D. Leading a top fundraising JDRF Walk team, Kate’s Carb Counters, Kate is […]

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Kathryn

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Kathryn is passionate about the up–and–coming advances in T1D technology. “New technology would allow for a lot more freedom, something I was never given as a child because I always had to put my disease first,” she explains. Such innovations are also significant to her, she says, “because […]

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Leah

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Tennis player, artist, singer, honor roll student and video game expert are just a few ways to describe Leah. She also lives with T1D and advocates for others with the disease. Within just a week of her diagnosis, Leah and her mom visited their local JDRF chapter asking […]

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Will

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 15 Will has a mind for business. He recently attended a Cornell University summer business program, and earned a spot in the top 5 percent of his class. He’s busy applying that same acumen to his advocacy efforts: Will appeared in a local news segment to promote the JDRF […]

2013 Delegates from Texas


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Charlie

Age: 5 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 months Charlie wants to be a doctor, artist, fireman, truck driver, and engineer when he grows up. Today, this curious five-year-old has time to decide what dreams he’ll pursue. Since Charlie’s T1D diagnosis at just 10 months old, Charlie’s family channels their worry about his quality of life […]

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Charlsie

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 Charlsie is used to overcoming obstacles that would daunt most others. Though she is a congenital amputee— she was born without a right hand—today Charlsie plays elite basketball and excels at the violin. When she was diagnosed with T1D last year, she admits “The first few months with […]

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Grant

Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Grant wants to share the message of hope at Children’s Congress that he’s delivered in his speeches at JDRF Walk kickoff events, and in talks for audiences at schools and companies. That message is all about what a cure for T1D would mean for him and other people […]

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Kendall

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Kendall has already gotten a jump start on her ambition to become a Broadway star or movie actress. She has appeared in TV commercials, made public speaking appearances (even appearing with the mayor of Dallas), and makes a cameo in a video used for JDRF Kids Walks. “While […]

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Kevin

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Talented athlete Kevin isn’t the only player on his All Star baseball team who has T1D. He and a teammate check their blood glucose after every inning and make necessary adjustments so that they can keep on playing. Yet Kevin doesn’t spend time feeling sorry. “I wish that […]

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Nadia

Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Nadia has become an inspiration to those around her since her diagnosis at age six. Her mom, Jennifer, says, “It is so hard for her, but she makes me so proud of how she doesn’t give me a hard time about anything, and she does what she has […]

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Rachel

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 12 One of the most challenging—but also most satisfying—aspects of Rachel’s role as an ambassador with JDRF is speaking with newly diagnosed children and their families. “I can remember feeling the same way as they do, but it makes me feel good to know I can help them through […]

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Randi

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 14 Her diagnosis with T1D ended Randi’s ambition of joining the Air Force, but in its place, another dream has taken root: finding a cure. Addressing Congress, she says: “You challenge my generation by telling us we are the next generation whom our country’s hopes are built upon. You […]