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 […]
2015 Delegates from Washington
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
2011 Delegates from Washington
Chloe's spirit is a force to be reckoned with. Diagnosed at age seven, Chloe was recently adopted by her grandparents, who have been working to raise awareness about the disease.
An active athlete, Kieran (nicknamed Kiki) tries not to let his type 1 diabetes slow him down. He enjoys basketball, skiing, and soccer, and is determined to live a fun and full life.
Sara is thankful for the support from family and others who have helped her continue to live an active life since her diagnosis at age 11 – from cross-country coaches carrying supplies on runs, to soccer teammates looking out for her.