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2017

  • Jack

    Michigan, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Jack was lucky that he was diagnosed with T1D soon after his symptoms began because his parents were aware of the signs. Managing... Read More

  • Fernando

    Alabama, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Fernando is an honor roll student who likes football and track. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up. Fernando’s mother... Read More

  • Lily

    Alabama, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Lily loves all kinds of art: painting, sketching and digital art. Someday she would like to be a veterinarian. The newest technologies have... Read More

  • Arianna

    Alaska, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Arianna is a seventh grader who loves school and plans to be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society this year. She’s also... Read More

  • Aiden

    Arizona, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Aiden loves sports, playing with his brother and sister and reading. Three years ago, he developed celiac disease and the added burden has... Read More

  • AJ

    Arizona, 2017

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    AJ enjoys hanging out with his friends, riding his bike and uploading videos to his YouTube gaming channel. Each year, AJ speaks in... Read More

  • Davis

    Arizona, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Davis is an active musician, playing violin and piano, and singing in choir. He also runs cross country and plays soccer. Davis’ two... Read More

  • Garner

    Arkansas, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Garner plays football, baseball and basketball—and he tries not to let T1D slow him down. He takes part in JDRF One Walk, serves... Read More

  • Kathlyn

    Arkansas, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Kathlyn is a straight-A student and a member of a competitive dance team. She also serves as a JDRF Youth Ambassador, and organized... Read More

  • Avery

    California, 2017

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Avery is a veteran participant of the Greater Bay Area Chapter’s JDRF One Walk event. She also volunteers at the chapter’s Tee-to-Table event... Read More

  • Bria

    California, 2017

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    In her spare time, Bria enjoys gymnastics, drawing and acting in plays, such as The Wizard of Oz. She says, “When I grow... Read More

  • Carter

    California, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Carter is a Youth Ambassador and Youth Advocacy Leader representing JDRF’s Greater Bay Area Chapter. In those capacities he has spoken at the... Read More

  • Chase

    California, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Chase enjoys playing basketball—he plays on three teams—and spending time with his dog and two cats. In 2013, he participated in a clinical... Read More

  • Elijah

    California, 2017

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Elijah is likely the only Delegate this year who has a pet pig. The 4H member brings his pet along with him to... Read More

  • Evan

    California, 2017

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Pro baseball player, pro basketball player, or T1D research scientist: those are some of the career options being considered by Evan. Right now,... Read More

  • Joey

    California, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Joey enjoys playing competitive lacrosse and football, loves to hang out with friends and family, and is a committed volunteer. He looks forward... Read More

  • Jonathan

    California, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Jonathan, a JDRF 2011 Children’s Congress Delegate, is excited to return as Chair Kid for JDRF 2017 Children’s Congress. Since Jonathan’s diagnosis in... Read More

  • Kurt

    California, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Kurt keeps up-to-date on expected advances in treatments for T1D and is excited about artificial pancreas systems. “I liked the idea of not... Read More

  • Madison

    California, 2017

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Madison enjoys painting, dance and sports. “When I grow up I want to be a doctor. I want to help babies when they... Read More

  • Miranda

    California, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Miranda loves dancing, spending time with her friends at diabetes camp and competing in her school’s science fair. She loves playing with her... Read More

  • Nikhita

    California, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Nikhita enjoys playing varsity tennis, participating in speech competitions, baking and watching Golden State Warriors games. She is also a dedicated feminist who... Read More

  • Thomas

    California, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Thomas is in jazz band at school and his favorite hobby is drumming. He also enjoys ultimate frisbee, history, and politics. Thomas tries... Read More

  • Vincent

    California, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Since he was diagnosed four years ago, Vincent Po’oi has led one of Northern California Inland Chapter’s largest and most effective JDRF One... Read More

  • Ellie

    Colorado, 2017

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Ellie likes to perform Irish dance, play soccer and violin, and sing in choir. When she grows up she would like to become... Read More

  • Thomas

    Colorado, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Thomas and his family have been active with JDRF since shortly after his diagnosis at age three. Thomas has served as a Youth... Read More

  • Bobby

    Connecticut, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Bobby enjoys taking part in Model UN and coming up with solutions to real world issues. Both his sister and father also live... Read More

  • Isabelle

    Connecticut, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Isabelle loves to dance, particularly classic ballet, and take part in Model UN. Her goal is to attend medical school to become an... Read More

  • Schuyler

    Connecticut, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Schuyler loves sports, baking and traveling with her family. When she grows up, she wants to be involved with T1D by helping others... Read More

  • Brynn

    Delaware, 2017

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Where have you seen her face before? Maybe on the cover of JDRF’s 2016 Special Diabetes Program brochure, or you might recognize her... Read More

  • Chloe

    Florida, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Chloe is proud of to take all honors and AP classes—and maintain a 3.8 GPA—while dealing with the effects of blood sugar highs... Read More

  • Crew

    Florida, 2017

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Crew has had T1D for more than half of his young life. “Being type 1 is harsh,” he says. “I don’t really like... Read More

  • Gabby

    Florida, 2017

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Gabby enjoys gymnastics, swimming and performing on stage. Children’s Congress will not be the beginning of Gabby’s advocacy; she already has been active in... Read More

  • Jaime

    Florida, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Jaime loves baseball and hopes to one day play professionally. He was born in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish fluently, which comes in... Read More

  • Lucas

    Florida, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    A black belt in tae kwon do and a member of his school’s Math Olympics team, Lucas is also a Youth Ambassador for... Read More

  • Maeve

    Florida, 2017

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Maeve is a kindergartner who is currently homeschooled, and her favorite activities are jumping on the trampoline and doing artwork. When she grows... Read More

  • Reed

    Florida, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Reed is a competitive gymnast and musician who plays guitar and writes his own songs. Since he was diagnosed, there have been ups... Read More

  • Samantha

    Florida, 2017

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Samantha likes swimming, playing basketball and writing stories. From the day she was diagnosed, Samantha and her family have had a great attitude about... Read More

  • Caroline

    Georgia, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Caroline enjoys playing flute in marching band, attending Camp Adam Fisher for kids with diabetes and her family’s yearly summer beach trip. Her... Read More

  • Lucy

    Georgia, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Lucy is a swimmer who enjoys participating in Model UN and hanging out with her friends. She is also very committed to advocating... Read More

  • Micah

    Georgia, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 18

    months Micah loves to play lacrosse—and he hopes to continue to play in college. When his young parents couldn’t handle managing his diabetes,... Read More

  • Priya

    Georgia, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Priya enjoys playing the flute, singing and drawing. Priya isn’t the only person in her family with T1D; her brother has T1D as... Read More

  • Alyssa

    Hawaii, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 18

    months As a tennis player, ballet dancer, musician and member of student government, Alyssa barely has time for type 1 diabetes. But she... Read More

  • Claire

    Idaho, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Claire has had T1D for more than half her life, but has not let it stop her from living her life to the... Read More

  • 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

  • Becca

    Indiana, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Becca enjoys tennis, student council and peer mentoring. She is also a huge Chicago Cubs fan. In addition to having T1D, Becca also... Read More

  • Katie

    Indiana, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Katie hopes to become a Certified Diabetes Educator when she is older. Until then, she is doing her best to spread the word... Read More

  • Freja

    International, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    A native of Denmark, Freja has been telling her T1D story for years. In 2012, her parents published a book about T1D, which... Read More

  • Laura

    International, 2017

    Age: 16 Age at T1D Diagnosis: 8 Laura is thrilled to represent the United Kingdom at JDRF 2017 Children’s Congress. She has been an active T1D advocate in her community... Read More

  • Matan

    International, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Matan, who lives in Israel, loves competing in tennis tournaments and riding his bike with his brother and father. Matan has been active... Read More

  • Marley

    International, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Marley of Canada is ready to travel to Washington, D.C, as the Canadian Delegate at JDRF 2017 Children’s Congress. Marley and her mother... Read More

  • Sanne

    International, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 15

    Sanne is the Dutch Delegate at JDRF 2017 Children’s Congress. In the first three months after her diagnosis, she struggled with adapting to... Read More

  • Will

    International, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Hailing from Australia, Will enjoys playing soccer, riding scooters and going to sleepovers with his friends, even though, he says, “Diabetes comes with... Read More

  • Corinne

    Iowa, 2017

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Corinne is in kindergarten and she enjoys swimming, dancing and creating her own books. She recently joined 4-H Clover Kids and signed up... Read More

  • Tegan

    Iowa, 2017

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Last year, Tegan and more than 1,600 of her closest friends led the largest JDRF One Walk team in the Greater Iowa Chapter’s... Read More

  • Caden

    Kansas, 2017

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Aspiring pro baseball player Caden is stepping up to the plate against T1D. Although he’s only six years old, Caden is a veteran... Read More

  • Keigan

    Kansas, 2017

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Keigan’s family left their home on December 1, 2011, heading to a restaurant to celebrate a birthday. Instead, they found themselves at the... Read More

  • Mary Clare

    Kansas, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Mary Clare is a very active high school junior who is involved with student council, cross country, debate and lacrosse. She looks up... Read More

  • Christopher

    Kentucky, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Christopher enjoys playing football, running track and competing with his high school weightlifting team. He wants to study criminal justice in college and... Read More

  • Joey

    Kentucky, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Joey is proud to be ranked as one of the top ten tennis players in his age range in Kentucky. His father also... Read More

  • Trista

    Kentucky, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Trista is a true mix of a country girl and a city girl. She enjoys cheerleading, hunting, kickball and camping. When she grows... Read More

  • Rory

    Louisiana, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Like son, like father? That’s right. Rory was a six-year-old living with T1D when his father, Rhett, was diagnosed as well. Since then,... Read More

  • Brady

    Maine, 2017

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    When Brady grows up, he wants to be a professional baseball player or an engineer. He loves sports, especially baseball, football, basketball and... Read More

  • Charlie

    Maine, 2017

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Charlie’s favorite activity in the world is sports. He has a red belt in Hapkido—and plays football, basketball and baseball. Charlie is very... Read More

  • Alex

    Maryland, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Alex likes to play tennis, get together with her friends and travel with her family. When she grows up she wants to work... Read More

  • Kaili

    Maryland, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Kaili wants to be a writer someday. He also enjoys building model kits, volunteering and public speaking. Being diagnosed with T1D was a... Read More

  • Margaret

    Maryland, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Margaret is very passionate about dance, visual art and volunteering. She says, “Despite my diagnosis, I am extremely proud to say that I... Read More

  • Sam

    Maryland, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Sam is passionate about field hockey—and she loves history, ceramics and baking. Her younger brother also has T1D and Sam says, “We estimate... Read More

  • Casey

    Massachusetts, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Summer camp is usually a place to relax, but for Casey, it was a life-changing experience. After struggling with her diabetes with only... Read More

  • Ceci

    Massachusetts, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    The Executive Director of the JDRF New England Chapter refers to Ceci as one of her “go-to” volunteers. Ceci has participated in the... Read More

  • Danielle

    Massachusetts, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Danielle likes math, chemistry and cross-country running. When she grows up she wants to work as a physician assistant in endocrinology to “help... Read More

  • Ethan

    Michigan, 2017

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Ethan’s latest JDRF One Walk was a labor of love. The way he is managing his T1D so inspired a friend of his... Read More

  • Lola

    Michigan, 2017

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    When not leading her team at a JDRF One Walk, which together have raised close to $100,000 to date, Lola likes to play... Read More

  • Caroline

    Minnesota, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Since being diagnosed right after her third birthday, Caroline has had a positive attitude about living with T1D. To keep upbeat, she repeats... Read More

  • Eric

    Minnesota, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Eric loves playing hockey, football and Xbox. When he grows up he wants to be a professional hockey or football player, though his... Read More

  • Leland

    Minnesota, 2017

    Age: 5 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Leland loves to play Minecraft, ride his Superman bike and dress up as a Storm Trooper. He is very proud of gaining the... Read More

  • Lincoln

    Minnesota, 2017

    Age: 5 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Lincoln loves to go to preschool, build with Legos and play hide-and-go-seek. Lincoln was diagnosed with T1D before his twin brother and likes... Read More

  • Annabelle

    Mississippi, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Annabelle enjoys deer hunting, fishing, softball and cheerleading. She wants to attend college and pursue a career in public relations or education. Annabelle... Read More

  • Sarah

    Mississippi, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Sarah is involved in theater, sings in choir and plays varsity soccer and tennis. In the future, she wants to major in history... Read More

  • Ashley

    Missouri, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    In her free time, Ashley is in two dance groups and competes in speech and debate tournaments. She also spends a lot of... Read More

  • Demi

    Missouri, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Demi loves to dance and make funny videos. When she grows up she wants to be Miss America and earn a BA degree... Read More

  • Quaid

    Montana, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Quaid is a natural communicator. He is an informal community ambassador and spokesperson for JDRF’s Montana Council, as well as a mentor to... Read More

  • Jackson

    Nebraska, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Jackson is an eighth grader who loves hockey and baseball. He has a lot to be proud of this year: he is a... Read More

  • Maddie

    Nebraska, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 14

    months Maddie is a typical teenager who loves playing sports, hanging out with her friends and shopping. She loves to travel and her... Read More

  • Sadie

    Nebraska, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Sadie’s passions are art, writing, math and law. Last year she took a class trip to Washington, D.C., where the Supreme Court building... Read More

  • Sawyer

    Nebraska, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Sawyer loves hockey and plays defense for three different teams. His goal is to play club hockey for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He... Read More

  • Erick

    Nevada, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    As one half of ‘Two Against 1,’ a fundraising team of siblings with T1D, fifteen-year-old Erick is a busy young man. Diagnosed in... Read More

  • Logan

    Nevada, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    After Logan was diagnosed with T1D, he wondered if he would have to give up his favorite activities. But when he learned his... Read More

  • Oaklie

    Nevada, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Like her older brother, Erick, Oaklie is passionate about helping JDRF find a cure for T1D. A JDRF Youth Ambassador and JDRF speaker,... Read More

  • Anna

    New Hampshire, 2017

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Anna loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Last year her community held a fundraiser to help pay... Read More

  • Holden

    New Jersey, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Holden’s aspirations are literally sky high. He would like to be an astronaut when he grows up, and says he won’t let his... Read More

  • Ian

    New Jersey, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Ian has declared war on his T1D. “I think the biggest accomplishment I have is that I fight and beat diabetes every day,”... Read More

  • Isa

    New Jersey, 2017

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Isabella loves drawing, writing, reading, gymnastics and swimming. She is only eight, but she’s already a walker, fundraiser and advocate. Recently, she met... Read More

  • Jack

    New Jersey, 2017

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    “I am NOT a diabetic, I HAVE diabetes,” says Jack, who wants to make one thing very clear: people with T1D are just... Read More

  • Evan

    New Mexico, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Evan is an avid fisherman, rifleman and marksman. He also enjoys flag football, basketball and track. Evan and his family, including his grandparents,... Read More

  • Ari

    New York, 2017

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    months Ten-year-old Ari estimates he has tested his blood sugar some 30,000 times in his life and endured 2,000 insulin pump site changes.... Read More

  • Daniel

    New York, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Daniel wrote the book about living with T1D. Literally. As part of his mission to raise awareness about T1D, Daniel wrote a book... Read More

  • Drew

    New York, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Academics are very important to Drew—and his GPA is proof of that. He also loves wrestling, which has become more manageable since he... Read More

  • Ethan

    New York, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Ethan accidentally diagnosed himself with T1D. He was helping his younger brother, Ari, test his glucose level, and decided on the spur of... Read More

  • Hannah

    New York, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Making the world a better place is a top priority for Hannah. As an aspiring human rights activist, Hannah works to make a... Read More

  • Kennedy

    New York, 2017

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Kennedy and her mom share more than the typical mother/daughter bond. The two of them also have T1D in common—as well as a... Read More

  • Mason

    New York, 2017

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Mason loves to play soccer with his travel team, ride dirt bikes and play Xbox. He recently took part in a 10-day long... Read More

  • Matthew

    New York, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Matthew enjoys traveling, golf, basketball, and community service, specifically tutoring under-privileged kids. This year, he started a JDRF club at his high school.... Read More

  • Philip

    New York, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Philip is a junior in high school who plays volleyball and basketball. He also really loves driving, he says, “I am a typical... Read More

  • Sofia

    New York, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Sofia loves speaking different languages, such as Yiddish and Chinese, and taking pictures on the streets of her native New York City. She... Read More

  • Chance

    North Carolina, 2017

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 20

    months Chance really likes arts and crafts—and when he grows up he would like to be an artist, engineer or architect. He and... Read More

  • Maddie

    North Carolina, 2017

    Age:  15 Age at Diagnosis:  7 Scholar, athlete, and person with T1D. That’s Maddie, a straight A Honor Roll student who also plays varsity tennis and soccer, and helped launch... Read More

  • Miles

    North Carolina, 2017

    Age: 5 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    This year, Miles started playing T-ball, soccer and basketball. When he grows up he wants to be a member of the Army, a... Read More

  • Sebastian

    North Carolina, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Sebastian is a high school sophomore who has not let T1D stop him from achieving his goals. He is at the top of... Read More

  • Will

    North Carolina, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Will enjoys playing varsity soccer, swimming and tennis. He also loves long-distance running, reading, and surfing. In the future, Will wants to study... Read More

  • Addison

    North Dakota, 2017

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Addison likes to figure skate, swim and play the violin. She wants to be an eye doctor when she grows up. Addison says,... Read More

  • Brooklyn

    Ohio, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Brooklyn likes collecting rare stamps, practicing archery and performing music. She also enjoys speaking on behalf of people with T1D. She has been... Read More

  • Graham

    Ohio, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Gators in Northeast Ohio? Yep, specifically ‘Graham’s Gators’; one of the chapter’s top JDRF One Walk teams for five years in a row.... Read More

  • Paul

    Ohio, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Bowling, cornhole tournaments, bingo nights, car washes and lemonade stands. It’s hard to imagine there’s any way to raise money for T1D research... Read More

  • Sarah

    Ohio, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Sarah enjoys singing in several choirs and serving as a mentor to newly diagnosed teens in her hometown of Columbus. Life with T1D... Read More

  • Sean

    Oklahoma, 2017

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Sean plays football, soccer and baseball—but hockey is his favorite sport. He also enjoys reading, art and Star Wars. Managing his T1D can... Read More

  • Tori Lynn

    Oklahoma, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Tori Lynn is passionate about taking part in pageants and advocacy. As the Miss Route 66’s Outstanding Teen 2017, Tori uses her personal... Read More

  • Anya

    Oregon, 2017

    Age: 15 Age at diagnosis: 5 Anya likes to take advantage of all the outdoor activities her hometown has to offer such as hiking, kayaking, skiing and swimming. She also... Read More

  • Rohan

    Oregon, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 21

    months Diagnosed when he was just a baby, Rohan can’t remember a time when he didn’t have to deal with needle pricks and... Read More

  • Lorynn

    Pennsylvania, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Lorynn enjoys reading, participating in Girl Scouts, and writing on her blog. She has been involved in JDRF in several different ways—from doing... Read More

  • Max

    Pennsylvania, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Max enjoys running cross country, skiing and golfing. Max was diagnosed at such a young age that he doesn’t remember it. He says,... Read More

  • Ryan

    Pennsylvania, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Ryan is a great student who enjoys science and math, and plans to study mechanical, aerospace or computer engineering in college. He also... Read More

  • Maya

    Rhode Island, 2017

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Maya is a reader, dancer and according to her endocrinologist, a T1D all-star. She’s so on top of her T1D that she received... Read More

  • Cameron

    South Carolina, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Cameron was seven years old when her mother, a nurse, noticed she was exhibiting the symptoms of T1D, which ultimately led to her... Read More

  • Julian

    South Carolina, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    Julian and his family supported JDRF even before his diagnosis with T1D in 2015. His mother had gestational diabetes with both of her... Read More

  • Riley

    South Carolina, 2017

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Riley loves to act, play soccer and swim. When she grows up she wants to be an actress, doctor or vet. Riley knows... Read More

  • Maddie

    South Dakota, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    Maddie likes singing, playing tennis and baking. When she gets older, she would like to become an endocrinologist or pediatric surgeon. Unfortunately, she... Read More

  • Claire

    Tennessee, 2017

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    The beeping of her insulin pump isn’t the worst thing about having T1D. But for Claire, it may be the most annoying. The... Read More

  • Duncan

    Tennessee, 2017

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 16

    months Duncan is a Cub Scout, plays baseball and is active in his school’s chess club. A participant in a gifted program called... Read More

  • Jackson

    Tennessee, 2017

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Jackson is very active and enjoys playing baseball, soccer, tennis, wrestling and swimming. He would like to be an astronaut and a bull... Read More

  • Anastasia

    Texas, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Anastasia enjoys cheerleading and golfing. She hopes to soon be the captain of her high school golf team and eventually play in the... Read More

  • Austin

    Texas, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Austin enjoys playing football, baseball and spending time with his dog and his friends. He’s been involved with JDRF for years. He has... Read More

  • Claire

    Texas, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Claire enjoys playing basketball, running track and volunteering with her church. She was very worried about her future when she was first diagnosed... Read More

  • Emma

    Texas, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Emma is a cheerleader who also enjoys playing the flute and participating in sports. She likes helping her dad—who also has T1D—raise awareness... Read More

  • Henry

    Texas, 2017

    Age: 4 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Like his superhero idols, Henry faces a ruthless enemy in T1D. And like them, he uses his powers for good, not evil. His... Read More

  • Isabelle

    Texas, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Isabelle enjoys competitive cheerleading, reading and spending time with her friends. She wants to go to the University of Texas and study to... Read More

  • Kaitlin

    Texas, 2017

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Kaitlin loves playing soccer competitively, acting in plays and drawing with her friends. She hasn’t had T1D for long, and has rapidly adjusted... Read More

  • Lily

    Texas, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Lily likes to play soccer and read. She would like to become a cardio-thoracic surgeon or a professional soccer player. Lily is working... Read More

  • Peyton

    Texas, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Peyton enjoys playing tennis for his high school’s varsity team, which won the state championship last fall. Managing his diabetes with tennis can... Read More

  • Sarah

    Texas, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Sarah has been a JDRF Walk Ambassador for the past 10 years. Five years ago, she became team captain for her JDRF One... Read More

  • 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

  • Amanda

    Vermont, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Amanda—whose father and grandfather also have T1D—has grown up with JDRF. Taking part in JDRF One Walks, JDRF Ride, advocating through Promise to... Read More

  • Joshua

    Virginia, 2017

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    months Joshua is a soccer player and his dad—who also has T1D—is his coach. He was excited to take part in the University... Read More

  • Keira

    Virginia, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    T1D is a family affair for Keira’s family. Twelve-year-old Keira was diagnosed a few years ago after her father, who also has T1D,... Read More

  • Michael

    Virginia, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    When he’s not walking or riding for JDRF, Michael likes to play baseball on a travel team. Since his diagnosis in 2012, Michael... Read More

  • Trevor

    Virginia, 2017

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Trevor is giving T1D a run for its money. A track and field star who qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics four... Read More

  • Anthony

    Washington, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Anthony enjoys karate and is working toward his adult black belt. He also likes to play music on the piano, guitar and ukulele.... Read More

  • Bridget

    Washington, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Bridget loves reading and studying, especially about subjects that overlap with T1D. She explains, “We have been learning about cell membranes, transport and... Read More

  • Evie

    Washington, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Evie loves singing in her school choir and swimming competitively—she even made the district finals for swimming in several events. Performing at a... Read More

  • Lilly

    Washington, 2017

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Lilly likes swimming competitively, with the goal of someday qualifying for the Olympics. Her sister, Evie, is also a Delegate, and having a... Read More

  • Lukas

    Washington, 2017

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 14

    months Lukas likes to ride his bike, read and play video games with his friends. He’s proud that he went to three summer... Read More

  • Sophie

    Washington, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Sophie likes soccer, reading, watching movies and hanging out with her friends. “However, one of my more unusual pastimes compared to other kids... Read More

  • Annelies

    West Virginia, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Annelies may only be in high school, but she’s already taking college classes. As a member of the Upward Bound program, she started... Read More

  • Addison

    Wisconsin, 2017

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    “Diabetes is all I know,” says six-year-old Addison. Diagnosed when she was just three, Addison is already an advocate for the importance of... Read More

  • Carson

    Wisconsin, 2017

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Carson has personally raised more than $15,000 for T1D research. He has participated in several of the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter’s JDRF One Walk... Read More

  • Evan

    Wisconsin, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Evan likes video games, the Green Bay Packers and solving Rubik’s Cubes. When he grows up he wants to be a professional football... Read More

  • Lili

    Wisconsin, 2017

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Lili doesn’t let T1D get in the way of the things she loves to do, like playing soccer and basketball, but it does... Read More

  • Samanatha

    Wisconsin, 2017

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Samantha enjoys cycling, singing in choir, and playing the piano. Since her diagnosis, she has had the full support of her family to... Read More

  • Casey

    Wyoming, 2017

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    Casey is a self-starter. She lives more than 300 miles from the nearest JDRF chapter, but that hasn’t stopped her from doing her... Read More

  • Cash

    Wyoming, 2017

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Already at the age of six, Cash is one of those people whom everyone knows. He loves to make new friends and meet... Read More

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