2017 Delegates from Washington


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Anthony

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Anthony enjoys karate and is working toward his adult black belt. He also likes to play music on the piano, guitar and ukulele. He’s been involved with JDRF for years, participating in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, volunteering at his local Gala and serving as a Youth […]

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Bridget

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Bridget loves reading and studying, especially about subjects that overlap with T1D. She explains, “We have been learning about cell membranes, transport and protein hormones. Every time the book or lesson mentions insulin or the endocrine system, I get excited because I love learning about why my body […]

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Evie

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 Evie loves singing in her school choir and swimming competitively—she even made the district finals for swimming in several events. Performing at a high level in swimming and choir makes life with T1D extra challenging. She says, “I am a perfectionist, and I hate that diabetes is unpredictable. […]

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Lilly

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Lilly likes swimming competitively, with the goal of someday qualifying for the Olympics. Her sister, Evie, is also a Delegate, and having a sister go through the same thing has helped her cope with T1D. While T1D sometimes makes swimming and being a normal teenager more complicated, she […]

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Lukas

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 14 months Lukas likes to ride his bike, read and play video games with his friends. He’s proud that he went to three summer camps last year—and changed his own pod for the first time. He says, “Type 1 research is important to me because I want scientists to […]

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Sophie

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Sophie likes soccer, reading, watching movies and hanging out with her friends. “However, one of my more unusual pastimes compared to other kids my age is that I love to advocate for type 1 diabetes awareness.” She proudly wears her devices, and explains how they work to those […]

2015 Delegates from Washington


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Brynn

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1 Living with T1D for Brynn is a family affair: Both her father and her older sister also have the disease. Spreading awareness is a group effort, too. Brynn and her family attend the yearly JDRF Walk, as well as JDRF’s Tee Off for a Cure and the Camp […]

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Caroline

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Caroline is involved in her community as a tutor for second graders, a volunteer at a senior residence and through her work with the JDRF Northwest Chapter. As a student ambassador at her school, she recruits prospective eighth graders. As a Teen Ambassador for the Nordstrom Beat the […]

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Hannah

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 Hannah overcame the initial impact of being diagnosed with T1D to develop an impressive advocacy effort. She recalls “I was shocked at first, especially when I found out I was going to have multiple shots/injections.” Yet Hannah and her family turned to JDRF. She has since served as […]

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Jackson

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Jackson has lived with T1D for a decade now and, today, he wants one thing: freedom. “I want freedom to be a kid and enjoy life without the 24–hour–a–day, seven–day–a–week job of managing type 1 diabetes,” he says. He’s already fighting for that freedom. Jackson speaks about T1D […]

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Makaila

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 1   Makaila is very mindful of the burdens of T1D—her father has the disease and she was diagnosed at just 16 months old. She explains, “Diabetes doesn’t just take a toll on your physical health, but on your mental health as well. I must act as my own […]

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Paige

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 “I find that when I am creating, I feel most comfortable,” says Paige. Drawing, painting, and writing songs, skits and plays are just some of the special ways Paige taps into her creativity. She has even used her talents to spread awareness of T1D, by putting together presentations […]

2013 Delegates from Washington


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Blythe

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Blythe is intimately familiar with the challenges of being a teen with T1D. At age 15, after almost a decade living with the disease, she began to feel the pressure of managing it. “I just wanted to fit in, to be able to go hang out with friends […]

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Erica

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 Erica was a T1D advocate even before she received her own diagnosis. As a child, she participated in a JDRF Walk with her dad’s office. When a family friend was diagnosed, Erica raised money and participated in another Walk. After her own diagnosis, Erica organized her own Walk […]

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Henry

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Henry has overcome great hurdles in his struggle with T1D. Ranked second in the country in sprint kayaking for his age/standing, Henry had earned a spot at the Olympic Committee–sponsored training camp. However, the training head later informed Henry that, ultimately, he would not be invited to participate. […]

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Nicole

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Like many kids with T1D, Nicole didn’t have a history of the disease in her family. Her diagnosis came as a shock, but Nicole has learned how to manage it with the help of her family and her insulin pump. Yet she hopes for a cure that would […]