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2023 Delegates from Illinois

  • Edgar

    Illinois, 2023

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Edgar has two parents, two sisters, and two dogs, and describes them as a team when it comes to supporting Edgar managing life with... Read More

  • Izzy

    Illinois, 2023

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Izzy has always had one goal: to not let T1D stand in her way or prevent her from accomplishing anything, and she achieves that... Read More

  • Josie

    Illinois, 2023

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    When Josie’s former state senator asked her to talk about living with T1D at a press conference, she jumped at the chance. “I was... Read More

  • Teagan

    Illinois, 2023

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Teagan is extremely passionate about water polo and has played in the National Tournament in California and competed at the Junior Olympics. Teagan is... Read More

2019 Delegates from Illinois

  • Abigael

    Illinois, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Abigael is a very passionate person. She is deeply involved in many activities, from her varsity tennis team, to playing flute and piccolo... Read More

  • Jackie

    Illinois, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Jackie is an honors student, a freshman class officer, a member of the Spanish Club, Pep Club and show choir, and competes in... Read More

  • Morgan

    Illinois, 2019

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Morgan is a lively 10-year-old who enjoys dancing, playing tennis and hanging out with her friends. She was also selected by one of... Read More

  • Owen

    Illinois, 2019

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    It is rare to find a seven-year-old as well-spoken and charismatic as Owen, who was diagnosed with T1D when he was just two.... Read More

2017 Delegates from Illinois

  • Grace

    Illinois, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Grace is a straight-A student who enjoys playing volleyball, doing gymnastics and attending diabetes camp every summer. When she grows up she would... Read More

  • Lauren

    Illinois, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Lauren enjoys soccer, basketball, swimming and skiing. Her favorite music is the soundtrack from Hamilton. When she grows up, Lauren wants to create... Read More

  • Leah

    Illinois, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    After her diagnosis with T1D, Leah had to make a decision: take control of her T1D or let it dominate her life. Leah... Read More

  • Matthew

    Illinois, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Matthew likes to play drums, ride his bike and hang out with friends. He is also very proud to be a part of... Read More

2015 Delegates from Illinois

  • Cooper

    Illinois, 2015

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    While Cooper is grateful for his insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor, he’s holding out hope for a cure. “In some ways diabetes... Read More

  • Emily

    Illinois, 2015

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    All of the kids in Emily’s family live with T1D. Emily, her older sister and her younger brother have all been diagnosed with... Read More

  • Mason

    Illinois, 2015

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 months

    Mason believes T1D is nothing to shelter others from: “I don’t hide my disease,” he says. “I check my blood sugar in... Read More

  • Quinn

    Illinois, 2015

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Quinn loves the limelight. She has written a screenplay, “Super Duper Low,” about T1D, which was made into a movie that “teaches kids... Read More

  • Thomas

    Illinois, 2015

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    Golf, track, wrestling, half–marathon running: Tommy tackles sports, and his T1D, head–on. “Since my diagnosis, I have jumped into managing my type 1... Read More

2013 Delegates from Illinois

  • Catherine

    Illinois, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Catherine was only two years old when she diagnosed herself. Her older sister Elizabeth had just been diagnosed with T1D, and Catherine wanted... Read More

  • Colin

    Illinois, 2013

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Colin dreams of a world without T1D. He hopes to become an inventor or engineer to find a way to make living with... Read More

  • Elizabeth

    Illinois, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Elizabeth has taken great leaps toward her dream of becoming a doctor. She learned about glucose stimulation as an intern in the Islet... Read More

  • Emily

    Illinois, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    There’s one essential component that keeps Emily going despite the obstacles she faces managing her T1D. It’s simple: “Hope for the future, near... Read More

  • Klaire

    Illinois, 2013

    Age: 4 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Klaire may be young, but she has a big heart. A helper by nature, Klaire loves to help take care of little babies—she... Read More

  • Morgan

    Illinois, 2013

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    At only seven years old, Morgan has told her family that she “wants to do whatever it takes to help and make a... Read More

2011 Delegates from Illinois

  • Aubrey

    Illinois, 2011

    "When I got diabetes, I thought I would never be able to do anything," Aubrey says. "But the truth is that type 1 diabetes only made me stronger." Diagnosed at... Read More

  • Caitlin

    Illinois, 2011

    "My aspirations are to be a kind person and a friend to everyone, and to make my community more aware of what type 1 diabetes really is," Caitlin says. Diagnosed... Read More

  • Hailey

    Illinois, 2011

    Friendship and togetherness have proven to be sources of extraordinary strength for Hailey. Diagnosed with type 1 at age three, she was not always met with immediate understanding by other... Read More

  • Justin

    Illinois, 2011

    Inspired by his own endocrinologist, Justin hopes to pursue a medical degree and help others with diabetes. He already takes action at school, educating staff and students, rallying participation in... Read More

  • Kelsey

    Illinois, 2011

    Kelsey remembers the sunny day when, in 45 minutes, she went from being a healthy nine-year-old to a child with type 1. She hoped no other child would have to... Read More

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