Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 13 “I absolutely love telling people my story,” says Alexis. And what a story it is: Diagnosed at age 13, she has already endured approximately 8,256 finger pricks, 9,450 insulin shots and 200 pod changes since her diagnosis more than 1,000 days ago. Yet those figures don’t tell the […]
2015 Delegates from Virginia
Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Anna knows firsthand what it’s like to be part of a movement: Not only has she delivered the keynote address at the JDRF Blue Ridge Chapter Gala, but she has also volunteered at the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Vermont. Her dad participated in the 100–mile bike […]
Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 When Catherine received her first pump in second grade, she told friends “it was a cool, secret gadget that only the best children in the world got.” Now she says, “I wish I could maintain that confident and high spirit about diabetes, but once you get older, it’s […]
Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 En garde, T1D! Peter, an award–winning fencer, is now rallying his defenses against the disease. Diagnosed just last year, Peter plans to return to competing in tournaments soon. He is also an avid adventurer. A Boy Scout with plans to shoot for Eagle Scout status, Peter is an […]
2013 Delegates from Virginia
Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Alexander’s T1D hit a nerve when he wasn’t allowed to take a driver’s learning permit test last year because of his insulin use. Though his request was eventually approved and he passed the test with flying colors, the experience was transformative. “I have realized how important it is […]
Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Bridgette is a born entertainer—she loves singing and dancing, and has even performed at a JDRF Gala. Both Bridgette and her older brother Ned have T1D, and both dream of finding a cure someday. “I want a cure for type 1 diabetes to free my brother and me […]
Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 12 For Elliot, a cure would mean extra culinary—and cultural—benefits. “A cure for type 1 diabetes for an Asian-American like me would mean that we can delight in all of our cultural practices. A lot of the food on Korean holidays, like rice cakes, noodles, and rice patties, I […]
Age: 4 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Emmie hasn’t decided what she wants to be when she grows up, but she has narrowed down her choices. “I want to be a doctor … or a princess.” Emmie has had T1D since age two and wears a pink insulin pump. She can even explain to others […]
Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Kamryn believes there’s a silver lining to T1D and wants to help the world to see it. “I want to relay how research can take the negative impacts and turn them into positive. I want to tell how it affects me every day and how emotionally and physically […]
Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 This JDRF ambassador jumped into volunteering at the very beginning. Weeks after his diagnosis with T1D, he joined his first JDRF Walk. Because Matthew had just been released from the hospital, his parents brought along a wagon in case he grew too tired to walk. They wound up […]
2011 Delegates from Virginia
Emily would like Congress to understand how important it is to find a cure for type 1, and know that research is the only way for that to happen. In fact, Emily would like to be a diabetes researcher herself one day.
Kerry knew about diabetes before she was diagnosed. At a very young age, she was involved in a clinical trial for high-risk relatives of people with type 1, since her older sister had been diagnosed at age four.
Inspired by a nurse who made her laugh and took care of her when she was diagnosed at age eight, Riley wants to pursue a career as an intensive care unit nurse. "I want to do for other children what she did for me," she says.
Timmy, diagnosed at age four, admits that diabetes can be scary but stays strong and positive for his family. "We are a team and we fight this disease together," he says.
"I had no choice with this disease but I do have a choice with helping others," says Yvonne, who was diagnosed two days before her sixth birthday. She already knew about type 1 because her older brother, now 10, had been diagnosed a few years earlier at the age of four.