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2013

  • Deven

    Kentucky, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Deven is a girl of many talents. When she’s not playing the flute, singing in chorus, drawing, or spiking a volleyball, she is... Read More

  • Joshua

    New York, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Joshua remembers one of the early battles after his T1D diagnosis. He and his parents wanted a certain type of pump, but their... Read More

  • Will

    New York, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Will loves to try new things—he enjoys bowling, golf, ice skating, fishing, coin collecting, and video games, to name a few. But if... Read More

  • Max

    New York, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Max finds unexpected creativity in his T1D. “I realized I could use living with this disease as a source of inspiration.” His documentary,... Read More

  • Melissa

    New York, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Melissa has tirelessly raised more than $20,000 for JDRF through bake sales and lemonade stands, but she comes to Children’s Congress realizing that... Read More

  • Angel

    New York, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    As a football player and advocate for T1D, depression, and bullying awareness, Angel is tackling big challenges. “Being a delegate is important to... Read More

  • Sydney

    New York, 2013

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Sydney is the only kid at her school with T1D, but because of her efforts, her classmates and teachers know a great deal... Read More

  • Patrick

    New York, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Patrick dreams about how a cure for his disease could transform daily life for him and other children coping with T1D. “I pray... Read More

  • Haley

    New York, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Haley understands the devastation T1D can wreak on families, yet uses it as motivation for her advocacy. Her older sister Karissa also has... Read More

  • Hana

    New York, 2013

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Hana wants to raise awareness and find a cure for T1D, so that the questions—and the frustrations—can stop. “When we went to the... Read More

  • Ian

    North Carolina, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Ian lives by the advice his parents shared upon his T1D diagnosis. “My mom and dad told me, ‘You can do whatever you... Read More

  • Chandler

    North Carolina, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Chandler wants to share her thanks for all those who have championed the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). “Their support changes my life for... Read More

  • Anya

    North Carolina, 2013

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Pax means “peace” in Latin, and that’s just what Anya’s service dog, Pax, a Red Merle Australian shepherd, brings her. The two go... Read More

  • Christina

    Nebraska, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    As a child, Christina was worried about “catching” T1D. When she developed the (noncontagious) disease at 11, she realized “‘Catching’ type 1 diabetes... Read More

  • Trevin

    Nebraska, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Trevin’s enthusiasm for life, and a cure, is contagious. “It is one of my hopes and dreams that in my lifetime, a cure... Read More

  • Reed

    Nevada, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Reed wants to rewrite the story of T1D—literally. As an aspiring author, Reed blogs about the highs and lows of both blood-sugar levels... Read More

  • Grant

    Nevada, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Grant discusses his goals in his own words, but his sentiments are shared by everyone at Children’s Congress. “I hope to help more... Read More

  • Matthew

    Nevada, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Though Matthew has learned to manage his T1D, he still worries about others—especially his young cousins, who, thankfully, don’t currently have the disease.... Read More

  • Fallon

    New Mexico, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Fallon’s enthusiastic spirit is clear to all who hear her story. This varsity soccer player remains active and upbeat. “Type 1 diabetes changed... Read More

  • Myles

    New Jersey, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    months Myles is committed to serving his community. As the recipient of multiple service awards, it’s no surprise that his hope for a... Read More

  • Fiona

    New Jersey, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Fiona is a fighter—and a fast learner. Within a month of her T1D diagnosis at age seven, she was administering her insulin shots... Read More

  • Amber

    New Jersey, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Amber just can’t hide her enthusiasm for T1D researchers and their progress toward a cure. “If they’re close to a cure, they should... Read More

  • Rachel

    New Jersey, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    As an accomplished pianist and T1D advocate, Rachel hits all the right notes. “I really believe that one day we will find a... Read More

  • Lyndsey

    New Jersey, 2013

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    months A gifted equestrian who is currently working on a novel, Lyndsey harbors dreams of becoming a veterinarian and a writer someday—so that... Read More

  • Caroline

    New Hampshire, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Caroline admits to wearing her heart—and her pump—on her sleeve. “This is one of the main reasons I wear my pump on the... Read More

  • T.J.

    North Dakota, 2013

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Having T1D hasn’t been child’s play for TJ and his two older sisters, who all have the disease. But thanks to research and... Read More

  • Tylie

    North Dakota, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Tylie was the first of her siblings to receive a T1D diagnosis. Of the four kids in her family, three have the disease... Read More

  • Taya

    North Dakota, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Growing up, Taya shared more than the toys and snacks that most kids split with their siblings. Taya, her brother, and her sister... Read More

  • Tylar

    Alaska, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    Tylar’s lifelong desire was always to join the military. Even though his diagnosis with T1D last year means that his first dream may... Read More

  • Caleb

    Alabama, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    As a certified scuba diver who has a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do, Caleb is simply too active to sit around... Read More

  • Jonathan

    Arkansas, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Jonathan understands how closely funding research and finding a cure are intertwined. “We need to find a way to prevent type 1 diabetes... Read More

  • Miles

    Arkansas, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    JDRF has taken Miles to new heights. After a JDRF rock-climbing event, Miles began climbing competitively, and even earned a high ranking in... Read More

  • Mary Kate

    Arizona, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Mary Kate gets by with a little help from her friends. “I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have such wonderful... Read More

  • Mia

    Arizona, 2013

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Mia remembers her first JDRF Walk. “The first year, I was only five, and I thought that because we did the Walk and... Read More

  • Adalyne

    Arizona, 2013

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Adalyne, who manages both T1D and celiac disease, has a lot on her mind. “A cure would mean my brain could think about... Read More

  • Cindy

    California, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Imagine a world without T1D, asks Cindy. “There would be no more little kids crying as their parents try to coax them into... Read More

  • Hannah

    California, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Hannah hopes that through her lengthy experience with T1D, she can be a role model to younger kids at Children’s Congress. “The challenge... Read More

  • Julianna

    California, 2013

    Age: 5 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Julianna and her family have come through many challenges. When Julianna was diagnosed, her father, Shiloh, an Army major and Blackhawk Pilot, decided... Read More

  • Sophia

    California, 2013

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Sophia is only six, but she’s growing up fast. Diagnosed with T1D one year ago, she has learned to deal gracefully with seven... Read More

  • Ryan

    California, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Modern-day cowboy Ryan is riding for a cure. This rodeo finalist practices three to four times daily and also loves camping, swimming, and... Read More

  • Allison

    California, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    T1D has taken Allison across the globe. In 2010, she traveled to Switzerland as part of the first U.S. team to compete in... Read More

  • Brandon

    California, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 14

    Brandon shows up every day—literally. This honors student has never missed a day of school or arrived late for class. He shows up... Read More

  • Eileen

    California, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Eileen has grand aspirations—when she grows up, she’d like to become president of the United States, or a police officer. For now, though,... Read More

  • Jonah

    California, 2013

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Jonah knows that it is what’s on the inside that matters when it comes to T1D. “People look at me and they think... Read More

  • Willa

    California, 2013

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Willa has seen the future! Just one week after her T1D diagnosis, she joined the Metabolic Control Study at Stanford University, where she... Read More

  • Jonah

    California, 2013

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Jonah has learned a lot about T1D since his diagnosis, and he helps educate his classmates and his community. In fact, one of... Read More

  • Austin

    California, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Austin is determined to find a cure for T1D and hopes a career in medicine or electrical engineering will one day help him... Read More

  • Will

    California, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Will’s story is both unique and universal. After being rushed to the hospital with a blood-glucose level of 960—plus three days of sickness,... Read More

  • Andrew

    California, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Andrew knows how to spread the word about T1D. “I’m not shy about my T1D or the tools I use to manage it,... Read More

  • Virginia

    Colorado, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Though Virginia has had T1D for most of her life, it’s thinking about newly diagnosed children that really discourages—and inspires—her work. “So many... Read More

  • Dillon

    Colorado, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Dillon imagines a world without T1D. “A cure would allow for parents to rest easier when their child steps on the field, goes... Read More

  • Landry

    Colorado, 2013

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Landry believes T1D should be the last thing on kids’ minds. “Kids should only have to worry about doing well in school, being... Read More

  • Sam

    Colorado, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Sam can relate to other kids with T1D who excel at school, love sports, and enjoy life—but who don’t always feel exactly “normal.”... Read More

  • Bobby

    Connecticut, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    months T1D is one of many health obstacles Bobby lives with every day. Diagnosed with autism and dyspraxia in addition to his T1D,... Read More

  • Harrison

    Connecticut, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Harrison sheds light on T1D—one lantern at a time. Through his organization T-1 Luminary Enlightenment, he has distributed more than 50,000 luminary bags,... Read More

  • Sophie

    Connecticut, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    months When she’s not singing the national anthem at the Jonas Brothers’ Kickball Game or raising more than $100,000 (to date) for her... Read More

  • Cecilia

    District of Columbia, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Cecilia finds the silver lining in having T1D. “Type 1 diabetes is not easy to live with. It is very frustrating and aggravating.... Read More

  • Craig

    Delaware, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Part of what makes Craig and his T1D advocacy unique is his personal philosophy. “I try to be a good person to others,... Read More

  • Nikki

    International, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Nikki, a native of the Netherlands, was diagnosed just over three years ago. Today, she looks forward to a cure “for now, but... Read More

  • Samuel

    International, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Samuel refuses to let T1D slow him down. This competitive athlete excels in cycling, soccer, swimming, surfing, mountain biking, and running. He placed... Read More

  • Megan

    International, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    October 16, 2008, was a bittersweet day for Megan. “The day I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes was the day I decided... Read More

  • Anders

    International, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Anders, a Denmark native who was diagnosed as a baby, can’t remember a life without T1D—but that doesn’t stop him from imagining one.... Read More

  • Nicole

    Florida, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Nicole was diagnosed just two years ago, but in those two years, she has learned—and contributed—a great deal. “Being diagnosed has changed my... Read More

  • Cerriah

    Florida, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Cerriah’s family has one unfortunate legacy: Cerriah, her younger sister (Alexis), father, grandfather, and three uncles all have T1D. “I am living proof... Read More

  • Michael

    Florida, 2013

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Michael knows about change—he’s an avid coin collector who can tell you all about the Mercury dime, the Indian Head penny, and the... Read More

  • Alexis

    Florida, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    “Imagine a toddler who loves to dance, sing, and bother her big sister.” That little girl was Alexis, who also grew up learning... Read More

  • Samantha

    Florida, 2013

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Samantha has high hopes for others kids who, like her, struggle with T1D’s daily impact. “I want children to feel safe when they... Read More

  • Walker

    Florida, 2013

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    The middle child of five children, Walker’s the literal epicenter of his family. He enjoys spending free time watching movies, playing video games,... Read More

  • Rachel

    Florida, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Rachel understands not only the difficulties of managing T1D, but also the challenges of finding a cure for it. Yet she also has... Read More

  • Cameron

    Alabama, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Cameron must have broken some records. He has spoken to Alabama lawmakers about T1D research funding since he was just four, and he... Read More

  • Alexander

    Virginia, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Alexander’s T1D hit a nerve when he wasn’t allowed to take a driver’s learning permit test last year because of his insulin use.... Read More

  • Elliot

    Virginia, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    For Elliot, a cure would mean extra culinary—and cultural—benefits. “A cure for type 1 diabetes for an Asian-American like me would mean that... Read More

  • Emmie

    Virginia, 2013

    Age: 4 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Emmie hasn’t decided what she wants to be when she grows up, but she has narrowed down her choices. “I want to be... Read More

  • Bridgette

    Virginia, 2013

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Bridgette is a born entertainer—she loves singing and dancing, and has even performed at a JDRF Gala. Both Bridgette and her older brother... Read More

  • Matthew

    Virginia, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    This JDRF ambassador jumped into volunteering at the very beginning. Weeks after his diagnosis with T1D, he joined his first JDRF Walk. Because... Read More

  • Kamryn

    Virginia, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Kamryn believes there’s a silver lining to T1D and wants to help the world to see it. “I want to relay how research... Read More

  • Wyatt

    Wisconsin, 2013

    Age: Age | Age at T1D diagnosis: An

    Age:10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 An aspiring politician, Wyatt is looking to make a difference. As a student council representative, he personally asked the mayor of Green Bay, WI,... Read More

  • Shelby

    Wisconsin, 2013

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Ask Shelby for her greatest accomplishment, and the answer is both simple and poignant: “Living successfully with T1D.” Both she and her dad... Read More

  • Kimmy

    Wisconsin, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Next time you flip on the TV, open the newspaper, or turn on the radio, you might just encounter Kimberly. Through her TV,... Read More

  • Shannon

    Wisconsin, 2013

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    months Softball, school plays, and student government. Acting, choir, and mystery books. Shannon’s life is bursting with activity, despite her T1D. “I still... Read More

  • Henry

    Washington, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Henry has overcome great hurdles in his struggle with T1D. Ranked second in the country in sprint kayaking for his age/standing, Henry had... Read More

  • Nicole

    Washington, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Like many kids with T1D, Nicole didn’t have a history of the disease in her family. Her diagnosis came as a shock, but... Read More

  • Blythe

    Washington, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Blythe is intimately familiar with the challenges of being a teen with T1D. At age 15, after almost a decade living with the... Read More

  • Erica

    Washington, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Erica was a T1D advocate even before she received her own diagnosis. As a child, she participated in a JDRF Walk with her... Read More

  • Kendall

    Texas, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Kendall has already gotten a jump start on her ambition to become a Broadway star or movie actress. She has appeared in TV... Read More

  • Nadia

    Texas, 2013

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Nadia has become an inspiration to those around her since her diagnosis at age six. Her mom, Jennifer, says, “It is so hard... Read More

  • Kevin

    Texas, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Talented athlete Kevin isn’t the only player on his All Star baseball team who has T1D. He and a teammate check their blood... Read More

  • Charlsie

    Texas, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Charlsie is used to overcoming obstacles that would daunt most others. Though she is a congenital amputee— she was born without a right... Read More

  • Grant

    Texas, 2013

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Grant wants to share the message of hope at Children’s Congress that he’s delivered in his speeches at JDRF Walk kickoff events, and... Read More

  • Randi

    Texas, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 14

    Her diagnosis with T1D ended Randi’s ambition of joining the Air Force, but in its place, another dream has taken root: finding a... Read More

  • Rachel

    Texas, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    One of the most challenging—but also most satisfying—aspects of Rachel’s role as an ambassador with JDRF is speaking with newly diagnosed children and... 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

  • 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

  • Emmabella

    Florida, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Emmabella has many interests, and she gives 110 percent effort to every one of them. She has received awards for public speaking, artwork,... Read More

  • 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

  • Taylor

    Georgia, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Diagnosed with T1D just three weeks after her first birthday, Taylor has scarcely known a life without site changes and syringes, highs and... Read More

  • Mary Grace

    Georgia, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Mary Grace is proud of her service as a role model for other kids—those who have T1D and those who do not. Inspired... Read More

  • Taylor

    Hawaii, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    “If you talk with my friends and family about how I was before I was diagnosed with T1D, they will tell you that... Read More

  • George

    International, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    George has been proactive since the early days of his diagnosis. Just eight at the time, he quickly went online and learned all... Read More

  • James

    Iowa, 2013

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    James is one brave nine-year-old boy. He has already participated in various TrialNet trials through the Children’s Hospital of the University of Iowa... Read More

  • Sarah

    Iowa, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Sarah has a lot of experience explaining T1D—to her friends, her schoolmates, her teachers, even members of her family. She even developed a... Read More

  • Carson

    Idaho, 2013

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    For Carson, T1D is the mother of invention! His creation, the Swipe and Wipe, a blood-sugar test strip with an alcohol- and dry-pad... Read More

  • Victoria

    Vermont, 2013

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Victoria’s mom, Mary, calls her daughter “a great role model for not letting type 1 diabetes get in the way of doing anything.”... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Calvin

    Wyoming, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Calvin has a very clear memory of October 28, 2009—the day he was diagnosed with T1D. He got to play video games, and... Read More

  • 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

  • Molly

    West Virginia, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Molly’s favorite place to be is in the kitchen, cooking and baking, and one day, she hopes to be a professional chef. But... 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

  • Adam

    West Virginia, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    With a unique outlook on his disease, Adam shares his T1D experience with all who will listen. “Being outgoing is my way of... Read More

  • Ahmed

    Tennessee, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    As the son of two doctors, Ahmed knows that research has ripple effects—even on those who don’t have T1D. “Finding a cure is... Read More

  • Garrett

    Tennessee, 2013

    Age: 5 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    T1D knows no age limits. Garrett Allen was diagnosed at age one, having spent a fraught night in the neonatal intensive care unit... Read More

  • Kate

    Tennessee, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Kate has one fail-proof strategy for dealing with T1D: optimism. “I know that it is easy to get discouraged about having type 1... Read More

  • Charlie

    Texas, 2013

    Age: 5 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    months Charlie wants to be a doctor, artist, fireman, truck driver, and engineer when he grows up. Today, this curious five-year-old has time... Read More

  • Justin

    South Carolina, 2013

    Age: 12 | 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... Read More

  • Ethan

    South Carolina, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Ethan’s outreach involves speaking to groups, large and small, about his T1D—and he is a gifted speaker. “When you live every day with... Read More

  • Hannah

    South Carolina, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Hannah dispels rumors surrounding T1D. “It’s not my fault that my body can’t process sugar correctly to fuel my body. Other than my... Read More

  • Jack

    South Dakota, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    By the time Jack was diagnosed with T1D one Thanksgiving Day, he already knew all about blood-glucose monitoring and carb counting. His older... Read More

  • Matt

    Rhode Island, 2013

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    When life handed him lemons, Matthew didn’t just make lemonade—he started his T1D advocacy! Sweet Rush Lemonade Stand, founded by Matthew and his... Read More

  • Brett

    Pennsylvania, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Brett believes that T1D is more than a disease—it’s an opportunity. “I’m not angry; everyone has something, and my something is called T1D.”... Read More

  • Hannah

    Pennsylvania, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Hannah, who dreams of becoming a pediatric endocrinologist, wants to see a cure for those kids who haven’t yet been diagnosed with T1D.... Read More

  • Amelia

    Pennsylvania, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Amelia hopes to outrun T1D someday. Every year, she holds a “Diabetes Dash”—she invites people to run, walk, bike, scooter, or Rollerblade around... Read More

  • Caroline

    Pennsylvania, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Type 1 diabetes came out of nowhere for Caroline. She had no symptoms and no family history of the disease prior to entering... Read More

  • Mikaelie

    Pennsylvania, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Mikaelie is deeply familiar with the ups and downs of having T1D. “Every day of my life seems completely different from the day... Read More

  • Adli

    Oregon, 2013

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Though Adli can’t remember life before her T1D diagnosis, this budding young dancer and artist “loves to make people laugh and smile,” according... Read More

  • Joel

    North Carolina, 2013

    Age: 5 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Joel was diagnosed at just 22 months. In the early days of his disease, Joel’s parents found it difficult to regulate his blood-sugar... Read More

  • Shervin

    Oklahoma, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    When Shervin received his T1D diagnosis, he joined his dad and brother in their fight against the disease. “Right now, ‘normal’ for my... Read More

  • Carr

    North Carolina, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Every year, Carr and his family do everything they can to support T1D research by forming JDRF Walk teams, attending Galas, and advocating... Read More

  • Jack

    Oklahoma, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Jack is known for his sunny outlook. In fact, his nickname is Happy Jack. “Luckily, all my friends, teachers, coaches, and family agreed... Read More

  • William

    Montana, 2013

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    months William would love a cure for his T1D, but his hopes for this year’s Children’s Congress are for others who suffer. “I... Read More

  • Abbey

    Ohio, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    Living with T1D may keep Abbey on her toes, but nothing can stop this performing powerhouse from taking the stage. Just five days... Read More

  • Finley

    Montana, 2013

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Like many little girls, Finley loves dancing—ballet and tap dancing are her two favorites—painting and coloring, and hanging out with her older brother.... Read More

  • Catrina

    Mississippi, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    As a blogger, JDRF ambassador, and dedicated T1D advocate, Catrina is a girl on a mission. “Because type 1 diabetes affects every moment... Read More

  • Jack

    Ohio, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Jack wants to assure other kids at Children’s Congress that it’s perfectly normal to feel different. “If there were a cure, the kids... Read More

  • Olivia

    Ohio, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    While in the hospital after her T1D diagnosis, Olivia experienced a great support system that helped her learn about the changes T1D was... Read More

  • Jack

    Ohio, 2013

    Age: 4 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    months Jack was diagnosed with T1D at just 11 months, after his history of weight loss, ear infections, and difficulty sleeping led his... Read More

  • Adam

    Missouri, 2013

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Adam’s grandfather, who was diagnosed with T1D as a teenager and suffered many complications, passed away several years ago. At first, this legacy... Read More

  • Zachary

    Missouri, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    November 30, 2007, is a day Zachary can’t seem to forget. It was the day he learned he had T1D. These days, though,... Read More

  • Emma

    Minnesota, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Just 10 months after Emma was diagnosed with T1D, her younger sister, Anna, was diagnosed as well. As young children, both struggled with... Read More

  • Anna

    Minnesota, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Diagnosed less than a year after her older sister (Emma), Anna was only two years old when her T1D was discovered and only... Read More

  • Andrew

    Michigan, 2013

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    When Andrew’s mom asked him if he would like to come to Children’s Congress to speak with legislators about the need for a... Read More

  • Bethany

    Michigan, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Bethany is passionate about theater, music, and—of course—T1D research. “We need to have scientists and doctors researching type 1 diabetes, looking for new... Read More

  • Steven

    Michigan, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    “Have you ever thought about what it would be like to perform the job of an internal organ?” asks Steven. “Not only do... Read More

  • Tristin

    Michigan, 2013

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    As an artist whose work has been shown at The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, an advocate with organizations throughout the T1D community, and... Read More

  • Quinn

    Maine, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    At Children’s Congress, Quinn wants to lend his voice to those kids who haven’t found their own yet. He also wants to share... Read More

  • Tacy

    Maryland, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Tacy is going global! Organizing JDRF Walks from England to Germany, this advocate and her brother both have T1D. “I am very open... Read More

  • Carlos

    Maryland, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    One of Carlos’ greatest tools for living with T1D is gratitude. “For me, every breath, every smile, every time I hold open a... Read More

  • Gilad

    Massachusetts, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Gilad is turning his passions into progress. As a committed cyclist, he organized a 50-mile charity ride benefiting T1D research. A talented student,... Read More

  • Finn

    Massachusetts, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Finn’s philosophy is simple but profound. “Type 1 diabetes is like a gigantic speed bump. It slows you down, but with the right... Read More

  • Henry

    Louisiana, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Henry knows the timeline of his T1D by heart. Two months before his 13th birthday, he received his diagnosis. Within three months, he... Read More

  • Bryan

    Louisiana, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Bryan has soared above many challenges. After his diagnosis with T1D at age two, Bryan’s mother, who was deaf, couldn’t manage his disease.... Read More

  • Jack

    Kentucky, 2013

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Jack, an accomplished Eagle Scout, hasn’t stopped since receiving his T1D diagnosis. He has hiked Arches National Park, gone whitewater rafting on the... Read More

  • Jaden

    Kentucky, 2013

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Jaden knows a lot about T1D research. She dedicated herself to learning as much as she would about it in hopes that it... Read More

  • Maya

    International, 2013

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Maya’s bringing her T1D advocacy to the United States. As a poster child for JDRF in her home country of Israel, she has... Read More

  • Gwen

    Indiana, 2013

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Gwen has been voicing her thoughts about life with T1D since the early days of her diagnosis. At just five years old, she... Read More

  • Rebecca

    Indiana, 2013

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    When Rebecca was diagnosed with T1D at age two, her physician said that a cure for the disease would likely be found within... Read More

  • Claire

    Indiana, 2013

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    As the only student at her school coping with T1D, Claire seems to live every day in the limelight. “Awareness is a big... Read More

  • Anna

    Kansas, 2013

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    At 12 years old, Anna is already a seasoned veteran of the Washington, D.C., scene. She and her family have discussed T1D with... Read More

  • Avery

    Ohio, 2013

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Diagnosed with T1D weeks after her third birthday, Avery can’t remember life without T1D. But the disease hasn’t stopped this ambitious grade-schooler from... Read More

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