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2011

  • Davis

    Arkansas, 2011

    Davis was diagnosed at age six, and says many people don't fully understand the "behind the scenes" challenges of type 1. His older brother Jett, who was also diagnosed two years ago, at 15, says he had never before realized how difficult the disease can be. Read More

  • LeAnne

    Arizona, 2011

    Diagnosed at age one, LeAnne spent ages four through six as the Yuma Bikers Against Diabetes Princess, helping to raise money for children with diabetes and to spread awareness in the community. She's volunteered at fundraising events and been interviewed about diabetes for newspaper, radio, and television. Read More

  • Brody

    Arizona, 2011

    One day, Brody's mom told him, "You are just like Luke Skywalker! You have The Force inside you and you can use it to get through your site changes." Brody took those words to heart, and used them to find bravery in the face of diabetes' challenges. Read More

  • Hugo

    Alaska, 2011

    Hugo's positive outlook on life shines brightly, even as he details the hardships of living with type 1 diabetes since the age of three. His desire to spread awareness about what it's like to live with type 1 inspired him to become a Children's Congress delegate. Read More

  • Gustavus

    Alaska, 2011

    When Gus was diagnosed at age six, he thought getting diabetes was just part of growing up, like losing baby teeth. That's because his older brother, Hugo, already had it. Read More

  • Meredith

    Alabama, 2011

    Meredith is a dynamic girl who loves to read (she was the first in her school to read 1,000 pages) and dreams of being a veterinarian. She likes to ride her pony, Cutie Pie, on the family farm, play softball, perform in ballet recitals, and do gymnastics. Read More

  • Abigail

    Alabama, 2011

    Abigail was 18 months old when she was diagnosed. Her father, an active duty captain in the Air Force, was deployed to Pakistan at the time, and was devastated that he couldn't be at the hospital with his daughter and wife. Read More

  • Juliana

    Texas, 2011

    Juliana was diagnosed a month before her fourth birthday. Although it isn't always easy, she has been tremendously brave while learning about type 1. She and her family share their... Read More

  • Sarah

    California, 2011

    When she was diagnosed at age 10, Sarah says all she knew about type 1 was that Nick Jonas had it. Since then, she has learned a lot about the... Read More

  • 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

  • Daniel

    Ohio, 2011

    Daniel proved his perseverance at an early age. Diagnosed at age seven, he spent an entire year in the hospital. He would catch nearly every virus around him, causing painful... Read More

  • Meredith

    Alabama, 2011

    Meredith is a dynamic girl who loves to read (she was the first in her school to read 1,000 pages) and dreams of being a veterinarian. She likes to ride... Read More

  • Addyson

    Texas, 2011

    Diagnosed at age five, Addyson has faced her diabetes with grace and maturity, maintaining her enthusiasm for life. "I am not sure where she gets her toughness, but my wife,... Read More

  • Brody

    Arizona, 2011

    One day, Brody's mom told him, "You are just like Luke Skywalker! You have The Force inside you and you can use it to get through your site changes." Brody... Read More

  • Stephen

    Michigan, 2011

    Stephen is most inspired by the perseverance of his dad and mom. It is a trait they have passed on to Stephen, who shows a lot of strength in dealing... Read More

  • Sophie

    Wisconsin, 2011

    Sophie and her older brother, Max, are on a mission: to raise awareness of the disease they both have, and to tell their story of living with type 1 diabetes... Read More

  • Max

    Wisconsin, 2011

    Max and his younger sister, Sophie, both have type 1, and have teamed up in the fight against diabetes. With their team, "The Attack Pack," they raise money in the... Read More

  • Gabriella (Gabby)

    Louisiana, 2011

    Gabby's friends have learned a lot about diabetes, and sometimes they even participate in testing her blood sugar. Diagnosed at age one, Gabby can't remember a life without diabetes, and... Read More

  • Piper

    Tennessee, 2011

    Piper is tremendously active in the East Tennessee Branch of JDRF. She has filmed fundraising videos for the branch, and even got to meet Jared Fogle, the "Subway Guy," and... Read More

  • William

    Kansas, 2011

    William dreams of becoming a commercial airline pilot. Current laws don't permit people with type 1 to obtain a commercial pilot's license, so he and his family want to work... Read More

  • Joseph

    California, 2011

    When Joseph graduates from college, he wants to have a career helping people or animals. In his years before college, however, Joseph is already helping others by spreading awareness about... Read More

  • Aaron

    Hawaii, 2011

    Just like he navigates the winds and waters as he sails, Aaron has learned to navigate the challenges of diabetes and keep moving forward. Diagnosed at age two, he has... Read More

  • Riley

    Virginia, 2011

    Inspired by a nurse who made her laugh and took care of her when she was diagnosed at age eight, Riley wants to pursue a career as an intensive care... Read More

  • Charlotte

    Louisiana, 2011

    Charlotte says she is grateful that she's able to control her diabetes well with support from her parents and family, although "it takes a lot of hard work and patience!"... Read More

  • Cody

    Minnesota, 2011

    "Sometimes I get mad because I have diabetes and I think it's not fair, but then I remember my little sister and I think it's not so bad," says Cody,... Read More

  • Jack

    Missouri, 2011

    Described as a role model by his endocrinologist, Jack is an international pen pal with underprivileged children in India who also have type 1. "My letters have encouraged many of... 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

  • Madeline

    Delaware, 2011

    Madeline says she does her best to keep her head held high, even though diabetes can be challenging. "I find that promoting diabetes [awareness] is a great way to get... Read More

  • Carson

    Texas, 2011

    Carson enjoys playing "soccer minis," swimming, jumping on the trampoline with his brothers, working in the yard with his dad, and pushing people in their wheelchairs at the nursing home... Read More

  • Josie

    Nevada, 2011

    Josie – often known as "the girl who diagnosed herself" – was visited in the hospital by a Las Vegas local television news station just two days after her diagnosis... Read More

  • Michelle

    California, 2011

    Michelle, diagnosed at age four, remembers the moment in first grade when she realized she couldn't be totally carefree. While repeatedly climbing up a mountain of snow for toboggan runs... 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

  • Sydney

    Iowa, 2011

    Sydney epitomizes strength and compassion. Her oldest sister was diagnosed after Sydney was born, and Sydney was diagnosed at age 12. She remembers her mother – who recently passed away... Read More

  • Rohan

    New York, 2011

    Rohan asks Congress to join his extended family of advocates for and supporters of type 1 diabetes research. Diagnosed at age two, he has seen how powerful it can be... Read More

  • Samantha

    New York, 2011

    Samantha was already familiar with diabetes when she was diagnosed at age 13; her younger brother was diagnosed when he was three. Adjusting to diabetes was not always easy, but,... Read More

  • Nickolas

    New York, 2011

    Nick has been living with diabetes since he was three. So when his older sister, Samantha, was diagnosed years later, Nick was able to give support as someone who had... Read More

  • Ellen

    New Hampshire, 2011

    Elle shines when dancing, singing, and acting – in fact, she has performed in multiple productions at her local professional theater, and aspires to perform on Broadway. Elle was diagnosis... Read More

  • Parker

    Kentucky, 2011

    Parker has been an active supporter of diabetes research since being diagnosed at age 10. He is participating in his second clinical research study at Yale School of Medicine, and... Read More

  • Jack

    Connecticut, 2011

    For four years, Jack's best friend, Peter, has kept him company on walks to the school nurse's office to check Jack's blood sugar. Peter and his family also learned a... Read More

  • Jackson

    Massachusetts, 2011

    Jackson wants to become a professional hockey player one day, and own his own taekwondo studio. He also enjoys baseball, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, golf, reading adventure series, and collecting sports... Read More

  • Caitlin

    District of Columbia, 2011

    Although Caitlin sometimes makes sacrifices or adjusts her routine because of diabetes, she says, "There is nothing I can't do because I have diabetes." She has danced in the Nutcracker... Read More

  • Hannah

    Pennsylvania, 2011

    Hannah is inspired by people who do not let obstacles like diabetes stop them from living a full life. Diagnosed at age three, she has her eyes set on the... Read More

  • Noel

    Pennsylvania, 2011

    Noel loves to bake and decorate cakes, and one day would like to become a pastry chef. Just like creating a delicious dessert, spreading awareness of type 1 and raising... Read More

  • Samuel

    Georgia, 2011

    One way Samuel tells his story and deals with the frustrations of diabetes is through music. He is a percussionist and plays drums, and also writes music and lyrics. Samuel... Read More

  • Lane

    North Carolina, 2011

    If he's not playing baseball, or watching the Yankees, Jets, or Carolina Hurricanes play, you might find Robert reading Harry Potter or fundraising for JDRF. Diagnosed with diabetes at age... Read More

  • Isabella

    South Carolina, 2011

    Isabella always tells people, "I was born to dance!" She's been ballet and tap dancing since she was 22 months old, which was just four months before she was diagnosed... Read More

  • Jedidiah

    Missouri, 2011

    "Jed's Joggers" have raised almost $100,000 for the JDRF Walk, and the team's Walk letter is what sparked NFL player Jared Allen's involvement with JDRF. A Youth Ambassador for the... 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

  • Jillian

    Iowa, 2011

    Jillian loves animals and wants to become a veterinarian one day. Diagnosed at age six, she became the sixth person in her family to have type 1 diabetes, including her... Read More

  • Christopher

    Florida, 2011

    "I am a fighter and I will not let diabetes stop me from doing everything I want to do in life," says Christopher, diagnosed at age 13. A competitive tennis... Read More

  • Jaxon

    New Mexico, 2011

    A yellow belt in karate, Jaxon hopes to earn his black belt one day. He loves to read, is learning to play guitar, and plays soccer, football, and basketball with... Read More

  • Jonathan

    California, 2011

    When Jonathan returned to school after being diagnosed at age six, his mother explained diabetes to his classmates. Since then, his entire school has been supportive, and has even raised... Read More

  • Darby

    Wisconsin, 2011

    "In the future, I aspire to do something meaningful," says Darby. She has thought about opening her own dance studio (since she loves to dance), or becoming an endocrinologist to... Read More

  • Jamie

    Connecticut, 2011

    Jamie has lived with diabetes since the age of one, and is using her experience with the disease to help others and spread awareness. She mentors a newly diagnosed 11-year-old... Read More

  • Myriam

    International, 2011

    Myriam – the first child in Quebec to attend kindergarten with an insulin pump – inspired the development of a French language storybook (endorsed by JDRF) that will help simplify... Read More

  • Haley

    Ohio, 2011

    Since she was five, Haley has known the struggles and fears of having type 1. But her resilience and her dedication to making a difference have allowed her to achieve... Read More

  • Alexander

    Wisconsin, 2011

    "I love showing other kids that they can follow their dreams no matter what life throws at them," says Alexander. Type 1 diabetes has not stopped him from leading an... Read More

  • Preston

    Mississippi, 2011

    Preston is young for a history enthusiast. But then again, Preston's accomplishments – especially in advocating for diabetes research funding – are all impressive, especially for his young age. Read More

  • Cassidy

    Florida, 2011

    Turning hope into reality through action is something Cassidy's parents taught her. Diagnosed at 16 months old, Cassidy helps younger children at her school who have diabetes by educating their... Read More

  • Julia

    Colorado, 2011

    "Life with diabetes is difficult, but I have decided to try and be the best person I can and have a positive influence on others," says Julia, diagnosed at age... Read More

  • Luke

    Texas, 2011

    Luke's enthusiastic personality fuels the great things he's doing on behalf of diabetes research. Diagnosed at age seven, he recorded a radio commercial for JDRF and was pictured on JDRF... Read More

  • Mary

    Mississippi, 2011

    Not long after the Muths family endured Hurricane Katrina, Mary started showing symptoms of type 1. Her mother recognized the symptoms because Mary's cousin also has type 1. So Mary... Read More

  • Jonas

    International, 2011

    Jonas was diagnosed at age six, and says that until he was 10, he let diabetes control his life. At age 10, however, he became part of a trial project... Read More

  • Kerry

    Virginia, 2011

    Kerry knew about diabetes before she was diagnosed. At a very young age, she was involved in a clinical trial for high-risk relatives of people with type 1, since her... Read More

  • Davis

    Arkansas, 2011

    Davis was diagnosed at age six, and says many people don't fully understand the "behind the scenes" challenges of type 1. His older brother Jett, who was also diagnosed two... Read More

  • Jeffrey

    California, 2011

    Jeff likes to challenge himself, so when he was diagnosed with type 1 in sixth grade, he knew that in order to continue doing well in school and sports, he... Read More

  • Kyle

    Georgia, 2011

    Diagnosed at age two, Kyle is a caring boy who is passionate about life. He is learning how to use his blood sugar meter, and has participated twice in the... Read More

  • Katelynn

    Colorado, 2011

    Katelynn, her brother, and her sister all have type 1 diabetes. "We never really complain about having diabetes. It is the normal life around our house. However, I do not... Read More

  • Ryan

    California, 2011

    A poster hangs in the front office of Ryan's endocrinologist, showing Ryan's many activities and proving that he hasn't let diabetes stop him from living. "It took a lot of... Read More

  • Robert

    Georgia, 2011

    Robert was 11 years old when he started feeling weak at camp. When he returned home, his parents took him to the doctor, where he tested positive for strep throat,... Read More

  • Gabriel

    Indiana, 2011

    Gabriel's diligence, graciousness, and intelligence have helped him achieve great things as an athlete, Honor Roll student, and JDRF advocate. Diagnosed with both type 1 diabetes and alopecia when he... Read More

  • Anna

    Oregon, 2011

    Anna, who was diagnosed at age eight, sings with the Portland Opera, and plays piano, flute, dulcimer, soccer, basketball, tennis, and golf. She also loves to cook and specializes in... Read More

  • Hannah

    Tennessee, 2011

    One day, while emptying her blood glucose meter pouch of its strips, Hannah started thinking about how to help Congress understand the magnitude of type 1. She started to save... Read More

  • Kaitlyn

    California, 2011

    "I am so proud to be a part of JDRF," says Kaitlyn, who wants to be a chapter Executive Director one day. Diagnosed at age two, she is a Youth... Read More

  • Emily

    Virginia, 2011

    Emily would like Congress to understand how important it is to find a cure for type 1, and know that research is the only way for that to happen. In... Read More

  • Sydney

    Idaho, 2011

    "Some kids don't like talking about their diabetes. I am not scared to talk about it anymore," Sydney told her mom when she heard of the opportunity to be a... Read More

  • Abigail

    New Hampshire, 2011

    "I am proud to say that I have not let diabetes beat me," says Abigail, diagnosed at age five. Tragically, she lost an uncle to complications of diabetes, but has... Read More

  • Elianna

    Nebraska, 2011

    Since she was three, Elianna has been a JDRF Youth Ambassador, willing to stand before crowds and introduce herself as a girl with diabetes. She and her parents have worked... Read More

  • Cooper

    Oklahoma, 2011

    Cooper's positive outlook has helped him to turn the diagnosis he received at age 10 into a way to make a difference. Cooper enjoys playing on his school's golf and... Read More

  • Chloe

    Washington, 2011

    Chloe's spirit is a force to be reckoned with. Diagnosed at age seven, Chloe was recently adopted by her grandparents, who have been working to raise awareness about the disease. Read More

  • Ohad

    International, 2011

    Ohad enjoys staying active, whether he's playing tennis, scoring a goal in soccer, participating in Boy Scouts, or helping to raise awareness about diabetes with his JDRF community. He says... Read More

  • Maxwell

    Ohio, 2011

    Even though, as Max puts it, "having diabetes is not the most fun thing I could imagine," he leads a full life while helping to raise awareness about the need... Read More

  • Julia

    Ohio, 2011

    Julia is a nationally-ranked Scottish harpist, a student government leader, and a lacrosse and field hockey player who aspires to be a famous musician or a senator one day. She... Read More

  • Haley

    North Dakota, 2011

    Haley was diagnosed at age seven, and right away decided to administer her own shots. Still, she felt somewhat alone with the disease until her younger sister, Emma, was diagnosed... Read More

  • Emma

    North Dakota, 2011

    Emma was diagnosed at age seven, which is the same age at which her older sister, Haley, was diagnosed. "Haley has been a great big sister and type 1 diabetes... Read More

  • Jarrett

    Michigan, 2011

    Diagnosed at age three, Jarrett says diabetes has made him more responsible, aware, and grateful. "Having diabetes has made me realize that you should make the most of your life... Read More

  • Nicholas

    Vermont, 2011

    Nicholas (who goes by Nick) loves math and has quickly become a whiz at calculating carbs. Diagnosed at age six, he wants to become the first three-in-one player (of baseball,... Read More

  • Johanna

    Vermont, 2011

    One day, Johanna wants to win a gold medal at the Olympics and "show everyone that type 1 diabetes isn't going to stop me!" She and her family are doing... Read More

  • Daniel

    Florida, 2011

    "As a noun, a dragoon is a mighty soldier. As a verb, it means to compel something into submission," says Daniel, who asks Congress to help dragoon type 1 diabetes. Read More

  • Myrtice

    Wyoming, 2011

    Myrtice has experienced years of struggling with type 1, since being diagnosed at age three. She helped her mom run a diabetes support group, which allowed her to see the... Read More

  • Gabriela

    Ohio, 2011

    In seventh grade, Gabriela earned a spot in the state finals for her science fair project about the effect of breakfast cereals on her blood sugar. The unique project also... Read More

  • Jason

    New York, 2011

    Jason was diagnosed with type 1 at age four, and with celiac disease at nine. The combination makes managing diabetes a challenge – one that has inspired Jason to make... Read More

  • Caroline

    Maine, 2011

    Caroline's goal is to make a difference in the world. One way she's already doing that is through her work to educate others and raise money for diabetes research. Read More

  • Noah

    Florida, 2011

    Noah was three years old when his family found out he had diabetes. "Diabetes has never kept me from doing something," says Noah, who loves playing both drums and sports. Read More

  • Harrison

    Florida, 2011

    Harrison remembers when his identical twin brother, Noah, was diagnosed with type 1 at age three. The whole family pitched in to help, and became involved with JDRF. Read More

  • Charles

    Montana, 2011

    Charles's enthusiasm and determination are inspiring, especially given the challenges he has faced. Diagnosed in 2006, Charles has traveled with his mom around the country visiting doctors, as there are... Read More

  • Madison

    Oregon, 2011

    Madison was seven years old the day she started experiencing a stomach ache at school, was taken to the doctor, and was diagnosed with type 1. The diagnosis brought with... Read More

  • Daniel

    Maryland, 2011

    Danny enjoys soccer, football, basketball, swimming, and playing trombone in his school's band. He keeps busy, even if that means taking breaks from a sports game or disconnecting his insulin... Read More

  • Ashley

    North Carolina, 2011

    Since her diagnosis at age six, Ashley has proven that she can maintain an energetic life with type 1 diabetes. She has won first place at three dance competitions, starred... Read More

  • Lydia

    Michigan, 2011

    Lydia had just turned five when she was diagnosed. A few days later, she was testing her own blood sugar, and within weeks was giving herself insulin injections. Lydia's mother... Read More

  • Jacqlyn

    Nevada, 2011

    Jacqi started the Nevada Chapter's first cycling team for the Ride to Cure Diabetes, for which she rode 109 miles and raised almost $10,000. She loves being athletic and challenging... Read More

  • Jay

    West Virginia, 2011

    Though people with type 1 are currently restricted from obtaining a commercial pilot's license, Jay isn't letting that stop him from pursuing his dream. He started a group called "Pilots... Read More

  • Sara

    Washington, 2011

    Sara is thankful for the support from family and others who have helped her continue to live an active life since her diagnosis at age 11 – from cross-country coaches... Read More

  • Cynthia

    California, 2011

    When she was diagnosed just before her 11th birthday – the day before her family was supposed to leave for vacation – Cynthia worried about how her life would change.... Read More

  • LeAnne

    Arizona, 2011

    Diagnosed at age one, LeAnne spent ages four through six as the Yuma Bikers Against Diabetes Princess, helping to raise money for children with diabetes and to spread awareness in... Read More

  • Avery

    New Jersey, 2011

    Avery remembers closing her eyes whenever her dad checked his blood sugar; she worried that it hurt him to test. He was diagnosed with diabetes at age 13, and his... Read More

  • Emilie

    Rhode Island, 2011

    According to her mother, "Emilie's biggest interest at this point in life is people. She is truly a people person and can hold a true conversation with just about anyone." Read More

  • Ethan

    North Carolina, 2011

    Ethan loves to be independent. Diagnosed at age two, he was pricking his own fingers and operating his blood sugar meter before age three. He got an insulin pump at... Read More

  • Tess

    Connecticut, 2011

    Being active is a big part of Tess's life, whether she's Irish step dancing competitively or participating in Walks with her team, "Trek with Tess," which has raised about $10,000... Read More

  • Yvonne

    Virginia, 2011

    "I had no choice with this disease but I do have a choice with helping others," says Yvonne, who was diagnosed two days before her sixth birthday. She already knew... Read More

  • Timothy

    Virginia, 2011

    Timmy, diagnosed at age four, admits that diabetes can be scary but stays strong and positive for his family. "We are a team and we fight this disease together," he... Read More

  • Joshua

    Massachusetts, 2011

    At three years old, Joshua got his first insulin pump and became a delegate in the making when he had his first visit with Congressman Richard Neal. Since then, he... Read More

  • Jake

    New Jersey, 2011

    Jake’s personal experiences with diabetes – from the feelings of fear and isolation he once felt to the sense of empowerment he gained as he learned to manage his diabetes-... Read More

  • Adele

    Colorado, 2011

    After her diagnosis at age six, Adele felt like things started spiraling downhill. She was diagnosed with celiac disease in third grade; in fifth grade she fell, causing her insulin... Read More

  • Ryan

    California, 2011

    Ryan, diagnosed at 16 months old, is interested in a career as a dirt bike rider or entertainment wrestler. But first, he wants to teach people about diabetes and help... Read More

  • 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

  • Lucy

    California, 2011

    Lucy and her family are huge advocates for diabetes research. That's because Lucy was diagnosed when she was three, and a year later, her brother, Hayes, was diagnosed at age... Read More

  • Hayes

    California, 2011

    Hayes is living proof that with effort and optimism, change is possible. Strengthened by that positive approach to life, he aspires to be an ambassador one day, to "help bring... Read More

  • Samuel

    New York, 2011

    At 21 months old, Sam was Piglet for Halloween. Piglet with an IV, that is. He was still in the hospital following a type 1 diagnosis he'd recently received. By... Read More

  • Nathan

    Ohio, 2011

    An aspiring pediatric endocrinologist, Nathan dreams of a world with no need for such a profession – a world free of diabetes. An outspoken advocate for diabetes awareness, Nathan is... Read More

  • Taylor

    California, 2011

    "I seem to enjoy everything," says Taylor. She loves school, plays soccer and softball, rides horses, plays piano, and is a Girl Scout, not to mention a whole list of... Read More

  • Merijn

    International, 2011

    After Merijn was diagnosed at age 10, he flew with his parents and sisters to the United States to meet with people from JDRF. Merijn’s father recently started a JDRF... Read More

  • Madison

    Michigan, 2011

    Since her diagnosis at age six, Madison's tried to keep a positive outlook on life. She even asked her mom to throw a diabetes "anniversary" party to celebrate everything they've... Read More

  • Abigail

    Alabama, 2011

    Abigail was 18 months old when she was diagnosed. Her father, an active duty captain in the Air Force, was deployed to Pakistan at the time, and was devastated that... Read More

  • Sarah

    Florida, 2011

    Words are a big part of Sarah's life; she loves to write and has a knack for finding the words to express herself. However, the words "Insulin Dependent," printed on... Read More

  • Hannah

    South Carolina, 2011

    Hannah, diagnosed at age eight, encourages members of Congress to put themselves in the shoes of someone with type 1, and maybe even try an insulin pump. She works hard... Read More

  • Samantha

    Pennsylvania, 2011

    Samantha spent her first birthday in the hospital, after being diagnosed at 11 months old. Still, says her mother, Samantha is "very good natured and loves to giggle and is... Read More

  • Ashley

    Pennsylvania, 2011

    Though Ashley was only five years old when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she already knew what it was. Her younger sister, Samantha, had been diagnosed about a... Read More

  • Hugo

    Alaska, 2011

    Hugo's positive outlook on life shines brightly, even as he details the hardships of living with type 1 diabetes since the age of three. His desire to spread awareness about... Read More

  • Gustavus

    Alaska, 2011

    When Gus was diagnosed at age six, he thought getting diabetes was just part of growing up, like losing baby teeth. That's because his older brother, Hugo, already had it. Read More

  • Callie

    Tennessee, 2011

    Diagnosed at age two, Callie has learned how to live a wonderful life with type 1 diabetes, but that doesn't remove the challenges that continue to arise as she gets... Read More

  • Allison

    Nevada, 2011

    Though diabetes can be sad to think about, Allison is usually very happy. She uses her upbeat attitude to inspire and support others, delivering JDRF Bags of Hope to about... Read More

  • William

    International, 2011

    "I am a very positive person who tries to do everything to the very best of my ability, and that includes caring for myself and making others aware of type... Read More

  • Diana

    International, 2011

    One of Diana's favorite quotes is from Mahatma Gandhi: "Be the change you want to see in the world." As a delegate, she wants to be a link between the... Read More

  • Caitlyn

    New York, 2011

    Each year since her diagnosis at age eight, Caitlyn has set up a lemonade stand in front of her house to raise money for JDRF. The one-day-a-year stand's revenue jumped... Read More

  • Molly

    Georgia, 2011

    Molly says that diabetes makes her "special," not "different." From her diagnosis at age two emerged a number of opportunities for Molly to make a difference, and she's already accomplished... Read More

  • Caroline

    Kentucky, 2011

    Caroline hopes to one day earn a Ph.D. and become a journalist, archaeologist, or documentarist. Diagnosed at age four, she hasn't let diabetes halt her dreams. Instead, she's encouraged by... Read More

  • Rodney

    Indiana, 2011

    Rodney has known diabetes all his life, as he was diagnosed at just 22 months old. His mother, a nurse, suspected he had diabetes, and she was right. But eight... Read More

  • Dylan

    Rhode Island, 2011

    Dylan has seen first-hand some of the complications of type 1 diabetes, since his father also has the disease. That contributes to Dylan’s strong involvement with JDRF, but his own... Read More

  • Robert

    Texas, 2011

    Robert is a JDRF star. He has received the Aaron Family Award for volunteer work from the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, organized a Walk team ("I Hate Needles"), raised over... 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

  • 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

  • John

    New Jersey, 2011

    Involved in sports since he was a young child, John has found that having type 1 diabetes as an athlete can be difficult, especially when it comes to helping others... Read More

  • Caroline

    California, 2011

    One day, Caroline wants to be a professional soccer player, an artist, an orthodontist, and a mom. She also wants to attend Duke University and drive a yellow sports car. Read More

  • Kieran

    Washington, 2011

    An active athlete, Kieran (nicknamed Kiki) tries not to let his type 1 diabetes slow him down. He enjoys basketball, skiing, and soccer, and is determined to live a fun... Read More

  • Kristine

    New York, 2011

    Kristine has lived with diabetes for seven years, but says, "Even with the struggles, I haven't stopped with anything I try to achieve." A couple years ago, Kristine grew tired... Read More

  • Anna

    Maryland, 2011

    Inspired by her mother's hard work to raise awareness, Anna knows how important it is to teach everyone she knows about type 1 diabetes. "By teaching others, I raise awareness;... Read More

  • Megan

    Nebraska, 2011

    Megan's commitment to JDRF stems from the personal challenges of type 1 she's faced since her diagnosis at age six. But Megan's type 1 struggles have made her a resilient... Read More

  • Max

    Florida, 2011

    Since Max was diagnosed at age five, he and his family have helped raise over $50,000 for diabetes research. Max wants to one day become a doctor, and he works... Read More

  • Tessa

    Oklahoma, 2011

    Tessa is always a star performer, whether she's playing piano, doing gymnastics, or acting, singing, and dancing in musicals. In third grade, Tessa won second place in her school's spelling... Read More

  • William

    Ohio, 2011

    William has had a JDRF Walk team since being diagnosed eight years ago. He's met with Congress in support of the Special Diabetes Program renewal, and continues to speak on... Read More

  • Emily

    Michigan, 2011

    Emily was 14 years old when she was diagnosed, and she decided early on that the challenges of type 1 would not define her life. "Instead, I have chosen to... Read More

  • Jonathan

    Massachusetts, 2011

    Jonathan's lived with type 1 diabetes since age two. Unfortunately, he and his entire immediate family know diabetes all too well. His little sister and father also have type 1... Read More

  • Jordan

    Massachusetts, 2011

    When Jordan was diagnosed with diabetes at age 11, she already knew all about the disease – both her older brother and her father have type 1 diabetes, and her... Read More

  • Michael

    New York, 2011

    Amazingly, Liam has raised more than $200,000 for diabetes research. He wants to encourage Congress to give more money to diabetes research, and would like to strengthen anti-discrimination laws. Read More

  • Rachel

    New York, 2011

    An active advocate for type 1 diabetes causes since her diagnosis at age 10, Rachel has participated in support groups and attended many events to educate her community. Rachel has... Read More

  • Hannah

    New Jersey, 2011

    Since being diagnosed at age six, Hannah has used her type 1 diabetes to inspire others and advocate for research and awareness. She was the poster child for her local... Read More

  • Isabella (Billie)

    International, 2011

    For her sixth birthday, Billie wished for a magic wand to cure diabetes. When the wand didn't appear, she used what she did have: the ability to take action by... Read More

  • Alexander

    Michigan, 2011

    Alex is one busy kid. He was recognized as "Student of the Month" in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, and still finds time to play hockey and soccer, ride... Read More

  • Maxwell

    Minnesota, 2011

    Max was diagnosed with type 1 when he was three. Every year, Max's family marks his "diabetes anniversary" with a fun activity, like riding roller coasters, to celebrate everyone's hard... Read More

  • Alexander

    South Dakota, 2011

    When Alex was diagnosed just before his fourth birthday, the Aman family was already familiar with type 1. Alex's older brother, Sam, had been diagnosed at age two. Read More

  • Kyler

    Iowa, 2011

    Kyler has learned a lot about managing his diabetes, which helps during his day-to-day activities such as golf, swimming, and mastering computer games. Diagnosed at age two, he also competes... Read More

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