2017 Delegates from Virginia


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Joshua

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 months Joshua is a soccer player and his dad—who also has T1D—is his coach. He was excited to take part in the University of Virginia artificial pancreas project, a three-day camp where he was able to be very active without worrying about his blood sugar. He says, “I […]

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Keira

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 T1D is a family affair for Keira’s family. Twelve-year-old Keira was diagnosed a few years ago after her father, who also has T1D, noticed the tell-tale signs of the disease developing in his daughter. Keira hasn’t let T1D slow her down. She is a JDRF Youth Ambassador who […]

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Michael

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 12 When he’s not walking or riding for JDRF, Michael likes to play baseball on a travel team. Since his diagnosis in 2012, Michael has dedicated himself to helping JDRF. He explains, “During my hospital stay, a representative from JDRF came to my hospital room and taught me about […]

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Trevor

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Trevor is giving T1D a run for its money. A track and field star who qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics four years in a row, Trevor is also an Honor Roll student in spite of being dyslexic and has served as president of the Student Body […]

2015 Delegates from Virginia


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Alexis

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 […]

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Anna

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 […]

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Catherine

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 […]

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Peter

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


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Alexander

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 […]

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Bridgette

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 […]

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Elliot

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 […]

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Emmie

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 […]

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Kamryn

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 […]

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Matthew

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 […]