Jack

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Age: 16
Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

Jack doesn’t remember a lot about being in the hospital at age three when he was diagnosed with T1D, but he does remember feeling scared, which is why he shares his story with kids at local hospitals who are newly diagnosed. Through working with his doctor and using an insulin pump, Jack has been able to gain confidence about living with this disease as a teenager, and being more open about T1D with his friends, classmates and baseball teammates. While Jack is grateful for the advancements in technology that have made life with T1D a little easier, he says that he “dreams of a day when my insulin pump is no longer attached to my body.” Jack wants to make sure that Members of Congress are aware of what life with T1D is like, and the importance of continued federal funding for critical diabetes research.

 

“Charlotte-area teens raising awareness about diabetes are heading to Washington, D.C.,” WCNC, June 12, 2019

“Hough student representing NC at JDRF Children’s Congress,” Cornelius Today, June 10, 2019