Age: 5
Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 months

Charlie wants to be a doctor, artist, fireman, truck driver, and engineer when he grows up. Today, this curious five-year-old has time to decide what dreams he’ll pursue. Since Charlie’s T1D diagnosis at just 10 months old, Charlie’s family channels their worry about his quality of life as he grows up with the disease toward working for a cure.

From raising more than $60,000 through JDRF Walks to participating in the Promise to Remember Me Campaigns and being featured in the T1D Aware Campaign, Charlie and his family have been active JDRF supporters since the early days of his diagnosis. Charlie has also attended the Children with Diabetes Conference and attended Camp Rainbow, a camp for children with diabetes and their siblings, which he declared the “best school ever!” His next adventure? To put a face to T1D.