Age at T1D diagnosis: 8
Blake’s passions are diverse: playing classic rock on his guitar (Metallica, the Beatles and Oingo Boingo are among his favorite bands), collecting new, rare and vintage Transformers toys, robotics and 3D modeling clubs. He takes an active role when it comes to T1D awareness, raising more than $47,000 and getting Audi America to match. “I don’t expect Congress to do it all, so I do what I can to help… I know I’m just a kid, but I do a lot to raise awareness about type 1 diabetes and the need for better treatment, prevention and, hopefully, a cure.” Advocating as a JDRF Youth Ambassador and as a member of the JDRF speakers bureau, Blake has experience discussing JDRF on local TV, in videos for JDRF Galas and at school events.
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