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Jack

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 Jack was lucky that he was diagnosed with T1D soon after his symptoms began because his parents were aware of the signs. Managing the disease is tough, but he’s making the most of it. Jack is committed to spreading the word about T1D by speaking to his class, meeting […]

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Fernando

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 12 Fernando is an honor roll student who likes football and track. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up. Fernando’s mother also has T1D, and when he was six years old he saved her life by calling 911 after she passed out from low blood sugar. […]

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Lily

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 6 Lily loves all kinds of art: painting, sketching and digital art. Someday she would like to be a veterinarian. The newest technologies have made T1D easier for Lily to live with. She is excited for artificial pancreas systems to become available because with them, “It is almost like […]

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Arianna

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Arianna is a seventh grader who loves school and plans to be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society this year. She’s also a champion for T1D research and awareness, having served as a team captain at walk events for the American Diabetes Association and JDRF. In her […]

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Aiden

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Aiden loves sports, playing with his brother and sister and reading. Three years ago, he developed celiac disease and the added burden has been difficult. He says, “I learned that once you have one autoimmune disease, like type 1 diabetes, you are now more susceptible to developing another.” […]

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AJ

Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 AJ enjoys hanging out with his friends, riding his bike and uploading videos to his YouTube gaming channel. Each year, AJ speaks in front of his class to tell his schoolmates what life is like with T1D. He says, “Diabetes really damages my life and makes it much […]

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Davis

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 Davis is an active musician, playing violin and piano, and singing in choir. He also runs cross country and plays soccer. Davis’ two siblings both have T1D, and he and his brother were diagnosed on the same day. Daily T1D tasks are a family affair in his household. […]

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Garner

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 Garner plays football, baseball and basketball—and he tries not to let T1D slow him down. He takes part in JDRF One Walk, serves as a JDRF Youth Ambassador, and has been a speaker at Galas for JDRF and the ADA. He says, “The JDRF staff and the other […]

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Kathlyn

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Kathlyn is a straight-A student and a member of a competitive dance team. She also serves as a JDRF Youth Ambassador, and organized a JDRF One Walk team that raised nearly $5,000 for T1D research this year. An avid painter, Kathlyn’s artwork appears on posters to promote National […]

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Avery

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Avery is a veteran participant of the Greater Bay Area Chapter’s JDRF One Walk event. She also volunteers at the chapter’s Tee-to-Table event in Half Moon Bay, where she and two others spoke to a crowd of more than 200 people about living with T1D. A member of […]