Age: 13
Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

Austin enjoys playing football, baseball and spending time with his dog and his friends. He’s been involved with JDRF for years. He has attended Promise to Remember Me meetings with his father, fundraised for the JDRF One Walk, and spoken at his local Gala. Austin knows how important it is for him to advocate before Congress because of how much he’s benefitted from new technology. He says, “The need for new technology and research for the big one (the cure) is growing. And I believe we should take all the help we can get to find a cure for this horrible disease.”


Austin Thornton to represent Texas at Children’s Congress / The Echo / July 14, 2017