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Molly

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Molly, who has a karate black belt, is a “fighter to cure diabetes.” She wants to become a teacher and an author someday to “spread my love of learning and reading to other kids,” She’s already educating those around her about T1D. “I won both first and second […]

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Kaleb

Age: 6 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 One of the younger delegates, Kaleb wrote a beautiful, handwritten note explaining what a T1D cure would mean to him: “Please help find a cure. That would be the best day of my life. I know it takes money, but trust me, it is worth it!” Kaleb is […]

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Haley

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 In a moving letter to her Congressman, Haley explained that complications from T1D are “scary for me and the millions of others with type 1 diabetes in this country. That’s why I am so involved with JDRF. That’s why I hiked 221 miles and nearly froze to death […]

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Katherine

Age: 9 Age at T1D diagnosis: 2 Katherine is a YouTube sensation! She has created her own fantastic take on Meghan Trainor’s hit song, “All About That Bass,” but with a type T1D twist. Katherine and her friends with T1D sing their own version called “All About The Cure,” and have even been featured on […]

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Nicole

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 8 Nicole wants to encourage everyone attending JDRF Children’s Congress—and she hopes to inspire even more people when she’s older. “I want to be a pediatrician or teacher when I grow up. I want to tell other kids with diabetes that it is ok to have diabetes, and that […]

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Austin

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 Stretching boundaries comes easily for Austin, a competitive cyclist who rides hundreds of miles each week. “I push myself to limits not just for me, but for all of those living with type 1 diabetes,” he explains. “Cycling has given me a chance to own my disease and […]

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Isabella

Age: 13 Age at T1D diagnosis: 9 “I absolutely love getting to promote type 1 diabetes in my community,” shares Isabella. A three–time recipient of the prestigious JDRF Walk Golden Sneaker award, Isabella has proudly promoted T1D awareness on the radio, in her local newspaper, and on the news. She’s also volunteered at a JDRF […]

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Brooklynn

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 3 Having TID can be scary. But, as Brooklynn says, “It’s how you deal with that fear that defines you. In my case, I turned it into a source for empowerment. I use it to give me the courage to speak up about diabetes awareness and continue in patient […]

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Charles

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 When Charlie grows up, he wants to become a mechanical engineer and “work on solving the problems of our ever changing world.” He’s already tackling T1D. He has participated in two continuous glucose monitor studies, which he enjoyed “because I got to experience firsthand the cutting–edge technology that […]

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Claire

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Claire, who was diagnosed as a young child, says T1D “has always been part of my life.” But technological advances have evolved as Claire has grown. She started using an insulin pump in 2012 and was amazed by the change. “Wow, this made my life so much easier, […]