John

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Age: 16
Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

Jack is a powerhouse: He’s an accomplished actor (you might have caught him in the TV show Royal Pains), an avid tennis player, lifeguard, JDRF volunteer and an aspiring counselor who encourages kids who have been newly diagnosed with T1D. Back in middle school, he even convinced his principal to donate 20 percent of a walkathon’s funds to JDRF, in honor of the school’s many kids living with T1D. These days, Jack says, “The best way to promote awareness of T1D is to just be open about diabetes with my peers, teachers and all whom I meet. I won’t allow T1D to hold me back. People are surprised to find out that I have diabetes and even more surprised when I tell them what a day with diabetes is like.”

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