Sierra

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Age: 14
Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

At just 4 years old, Sierra decided to stop eating once she realized that her meals went hand in hand with getting those dreaded insulin shots. But after she got her first insulin pump at age 5, life changed. “I learned about it quickly and today I can give myself insulin with my eyes closed,” she says. “Technology advances have been so important to me — lifesaving, actually.” These days, Sierra relies on technology for another reason: to advocate for the cause. She spreads the word about T1D and JDRF events on social media and encourages awareness among her friends by delivering school presentations about the disease. “Technology advances for diabetes are so great, and they get us closer to finding that cure that I and so many others need.”

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