Age: 11
Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

Elijah is likely the only Delegate this year who has a pet pig. The 4H member brings his pet along with him to speaking engagements when discussing the origins of life-saving insulin shots. Elijah, who is also a Cub Scout who enjoys basketball, football, and swimming, is working on a 4H swine project to raise money for a Diabetes Alert Dog. The aspiring Congressional Aide already knows his way around local political offices, having made presentations about T1D to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the Board of Supervisors, California State Senators, and two local Congressmen. “I think I can make a difference for other kids with type 1, like me,” says Elijah.


Rep. Valadao Meets with Local JDRF Delegate / David Valadao Website / July 27, 2017

Local boy visits nation’s capitol to lobby for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation / Kern Golden Empire / July 24, 2017

Local boy advocates for more Type 1 diabetes research / Bakersfield.com / July 19, 2017

Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers Delivers Diabetic Alert Service Dog to Bakersfield, CA / Journal Sentinel / May 2, 2017