Age at T1D diagnosis: 8
Justin doesn’t just dream about a life without T1D, but fantasizing does happen to be a part of his awareness efforts. Justin started a game called Fantasy Diabetes, modeled after fantasy football, which lets a group of his friends guess his blood-glucose level twice weekly to earn points. The game, featured in Diabetes Forecast magazine, means that “now the entire sixth-grade class understands my type 1 diabetes.” He has also raised money, earning more than $23,500 for JDRF through his Walk team.
Justin, who is in the advanced math program at his school, was invited to join a program for gifted young students at Duke University. A golfer and basketball player, his dream is to someday play professional basketball in the National Basketball Association, or to become a sports commentator and analyst.