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2023 Delegates from Utah

  • Laila

    Utah, 2023

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    When Laila was in 5th grade, she did a project on Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. It sparked her love... Read More

  • Liviana

    Utah, 2023

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Liviana describes herself as a strong feminist who will always fight for what she believes in, and she’s looking forward to bringing that energy... Read More

  • Thomas

    Utah, 2023

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Thomas describes himself as a social person, and enjoys spending time with his friends and playing basketball with his brothers when he isn’t busy... Read More

2019 Delegates from Utah

  • Lyla

    Utah, 2019

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Lyla is a bilingual actor, singer, dancer, and athlete who wants to be an endocrinologist when she grows up. She loves to perform... Read More

  • Tannon

    Utah, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Tannon has big plans, and as a future innovator, he works to ensure he will be successful in his aspirations. He plans to... Read More

  • Zack

    Utah, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Zack is a tremendous golfer and tennis player who excels in both sports. He has played on both his school’s golf and tennis... Read More

2017 Delegates from Utah

  • Alex

    Utah, 2017

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Alex already has an impressive record in T1D advocacy. His mother and older sister Sophia also have T1D—and his entire family recently campaigned... Read More

  • Sophia

    Utah, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Sophia is enthusiastic about reaching out to her community about T1D. Her mother and brother Alex also have T1D, and Sophia says, “My... Read More

  • Sydney

    Utah, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Sydney enjoys being part of a large family, and she loves dance and theater. When it comes to managing her blood sugar, she... Read More

2015 Delegates from Utah

  • Camryn

    Utah, 2015

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Camryn and her older sister Katherine share more than their T1D diagnoses; the sisters have also embarked on a crusade to advance T1D... Read More

  • Emily

    Utah, 2015

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Emily’s photography has already earned accolades—and it has also highlighted life with T1D. Emily shot a photo showcasing “30 days of diabetes supplies... Read More

2013 Delegates from Utah

  • Alex

    Utah, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    When it comes to Alex’s T1D, the gloves are off. As this talented athlete puts it, “I am determined not to let this... Read More

  • Jake

    Utah, 2013

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Jake Merkley is a budding rocket scientist and astronaut. He loves launching rockets, watching videos of the space shuttle, and learning everything he... Read More

  • Will

    Utah, 2013

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 months

    Will, an award-winning storyteller, has one tale to tell at this year’s Children’s Congress. “I hope to tell my story about how... Read More

2011 Delegates from Utah

  • Ethan

    Utah, 2011

    "I really enjoy the challenge of the game," says Ethan of football. "I like the teamwork required." This positive outlook also shines in Ethan's fight against diabetes. Read More

  • Savannah

    Utah, 2011

    Savannah and her mom, who both have diabetes, volunteer their time every six weeks at a local children's hospital to lend support to newly diagnosed children and their families on... Read More

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