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  • Cheyenne

    Alabama, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Cheyenne was diagnosed with T1D shortly after someone else very important in her life—her father was diagnosed. T1D fundraising and advocacy is a... Read More

  • John Henry

    Alabama, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    John Henry is involved in a number of activities including show choir, flag football and scouting. He hopes to become an Eagle Scout... Read More

  • Bruno

    Alaska, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 18

    Months From hiking to hunting, fishing to archery, Bruno loves being outdoors. He is very active in Boy Scouts, and is excited to... Read More

  • Grant

    Arizona, 2019

    Age: 5 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Although Grant is only five, he has already grown into a big advocate for those living with T1D. His parents describe his attitude... Read More

  • Rachel

    Arizona, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Rachel lives with both T1D and childhood Graves’ disease, and she refuses to let either slow her down. Rachel stays very active by... Read More

  • Jack Walker

    Arkansas, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Jack Walker loves being outdoors, spending his time hunting, hiking and mowing the lawn. Jack Walker also enjoys drawing, writing, and learning about... Read More

  • Kasey

    Arkansas, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Kasey is always standing up for the rights of others, and plans to pursue a career in human or animal rights someday. Kasey... Read More

  • Zane

    Arkansas, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Since Zane was diagnosed with T1D at age eight, he and his family have been an unstoppable force for the T1D community. In... Read More

  • Andrew

    California, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    When Andrew was diagnosed with T1D at age three, he knew he had to be very brave in order to live well the... Read More

  • Anthony

    California, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Anthony has earned the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve, Eagle Scout. Scouts are resilient, resourceful and spend years working to benefit... Read More

  • Bella

    California, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    Bella always wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the Navy. However, when she was 13, she was diagnosed with T1D,... Read More

  • Grace

    California, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Grace keeps busy as an honor student, member of several different clubs and a tennis and soccer player. Despite her full schedule, Grace... Read More

  • Jamie

    California, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    When Jamie decides to do something, she really commits to it. She started playing the violin four years ago, and is now the... Read More

  • Jeremy

    California, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Jeremy is an active high school junior who enjoys spending time with his friends and snowboarding, and hopes to have a career in... Read More

  • Jessica

    California, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    When Jessica was first diagnosed with T1D at age 10, she had a rough time adjusting to what life was like living with... Read More

  • Jonah

    California, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    In the two years since Jonah was diagnosed with T1D, he has made a lasting impression on his local community including his Members... Read More

  • Natalie

    California, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    When Natalie was diagnosed with T1D at just eight years old, she received a visit in the hospital from a friend from school... Read More

  • Teddy

    California, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Teddy is an expert at managing his full schedule of mock trial, lacrosse and being on the dean’s honor roll, all while successfully... Read More

  • Thomas

    California, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Thomas has been active since he was little playing soccer, baseball, flag football and basketball. Thomas says that what he enjoys the most... Read More

  • Jacque

    Colorado, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Jacque is a very busy and fun 11-year-old, who is passionate about musical theater and plays piano, softball and just started playing trombone... Read More

  • Jaden

    Colorado, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Jaden is proud of himself for a number of reasons—and rightfully so—he and his baseball team won the Little League World Series in... Read More

  • Sophie

    Colorado, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Sophie is passionate about so many activities: from competitive soccer to jazz band, pep band and honors wind symphony, to National Junior Honors... Read More

  • Emma

    Connecticut, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Following Emma’s T1D diagnosis in 2007, her father was diagnosed in 2010, and one of her younger brothers was diagnosed in 2015. Since... Read More

  • Logan

    Connecticut, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 17

    Months Logan enjoys being a collector, and is currently focused on collecting Hot Wheels and different kinds of money. He stays very active... Read More

  • Owen

    Delaware, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    T1D is no match for Owen, who earned his brown belt and moved into the advanced classes in karate last year. He competes... Read More

  • Duncan

    District of Columbia, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    If you are looking for Duncan, he is probably on a soccer field. He plays for his high school’s team, a travel team... Read More

  • Brock

    Florida, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Brock loves playing sports, especially football, and has dreams of playing in the NFL one day. In addition to being an MVP quarterback,... Read More

  • Caden

    Florida, 2019

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    If you want to know about all things basketball, Caden is your go-to guy! In addition to playing basketball at school, Caden serves... Read More

  • Cal

    Florida, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Cal is the true definition of a T1D champion. Since he was diagnosed with T1D in 2011, he and his family have supported... Read More

  • Claire

    Florida, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    At just 12 years of age, Claire is quite an accomplished young woman. She is an athlete, photographer, actress, inventor and most recently... Read More

  • Jasmine

    Florida, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Jasmine is a varsity cheerleader, volunteer at a nursing home and a member of a female empowerment group that brings together young girls... Read More

  • Juliet

    Florida, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Juliet is a girl who always has a smile on her face, even when faced with the challenges of T1D. When she was... Read More

  • Mia

    Florida, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Mia enjoys drawing detailed anime characters, singing and dancing along to Hamilton, playing with her Boston Terrier Banzo and goofing around with her... Read More

  • RJ

    Florida, 2019

    Age: 4 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    months It’s tough to find a 4-year-old boy as resilient and strong as RJ. When he was diagnosed with T1D at just 8... Read More

  • Robinson

    Florida, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Robinson knows how special a supportive group of friends can be when you have T1D. At a young age, she and her friends... Read More

  • Sabine

    Florida, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Sabine is a level two blue belt in taekwondo, and is proud of earning a gold medal for sparring in a regional tournament.... Read More

  • Stefano

    Florida, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 15

    Stefano is no ordinary kid. From the time of his diagnosis in 2014, he made it a purpose to break all stereotypes and... Read More

  • Catelin

    Georgia, 2019

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Catelin received her T1D diagnosis two years ago, but she and her family were already familiar with the disease since both of her... Read More

  • Hayden

    Georgia, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Hayden successfully manages a busy schedule of school, travel and playing on the lacrosse team. Despite living in Atlanta, he spends about 20... Read More

  • Malakai

    Georgia, 2019

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Malakai was diagnosed with T1D less than a year ago, but hasn’t let it stop him from continuing to do the things he... Read More

  • MJ

    Georgia, 2019

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    MJ is no stranger to speaking with people about what life with T1D is like. Every year, he sets aside time to tell... Read More

  • Ty

    Georgia, 2019

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Ty and his family have learned to adjust to life with not only him having T1D, but his older brother and younger sister... Read More

  • Emi

    Hawaii, 2019

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    You can usually find Emi dancing hula, playing soccer or participating in baseball. Emi loves reading and hopes to become a librarian when... Read More

  • Connor

    Idaho, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    When Connor was diagnosed with T1D at age 11, he was already pretty familiar with the disease, because his brother was diagnosed just... Read More

  • Abigael

    Illinois, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

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

  • Jackie

    Illinois, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

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

  • Morgan

    Illinois, 2019

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

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

  • Owen

    Illinois, 2019

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

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

  • Ella

    Indiana, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Ella has been doing gymnastics since she was four, the age she was diagnosed with T1D, and hopes to go professional. Ella says,... Read More

  • Carolien

    International, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Carolien is a seasoned field hockey athlete, playing since she was seven years old, and loves to travel whenever she gets the chance.... Read More

  • Katie

    International, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Katie loves playing sports, particularly hockey and skiing, and has even competed in the British Ski Championships. Katie is sure to keep an... Read More

  • Ori

    International, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Ori is a fourth-generation farmer, an accomplished piano and organ player, and enjoys doing Crossfit. Adjusting to life with T1D was something that... Read More

  • Samir

    International, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Samir loves to stay active by playing soccer, ultimate frisbee and golf, and also enjoys public speaking. He is also incredibly active with... Read More

  • Teagan

    International, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Teagan enjoys being active and sporty, spending time at the zoo, playing with her dog and is always up for watching a good... Read More

  • Claire

    Iowa, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Claire is making big things happen. Her busy schedule includes cheerleading, student council, Key Club, the school play, Speech Club, choir, concert band,... Read More

  • Hattie

    Iowa, 2019

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Hattie is a busy girl with a wide variety of interests. She plays piano and softball, dances, bakes and plays video games. On... Read More

  • Theo

    Iowa, 2019

    Age: 4 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Every day at Theo’s house is Halloween! Theo loves dressing up and pretending he is a superhero or dinosaur, specifically an ankylosaurus, which... Read More

  • Todd

    Iowa, 2019

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    When Todd was diagnosed with T1D in December 2017, he was scared of all the lifestyle changes that come with the disease. However,... Read More

  • Garrett

    Kansas, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    When Garrett was just shy of two years old, he was diagnosed with T1D. In the nine years since diagnosis, Garrett has become... Read More

  • Kalli

    Kansas, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Kalli is a talented dancer who travels around the country participating in competitions as a member of a competitive dance team at Styles... Read More

  • Macy

    Kentucky, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Macy is an avid softball player, she currently plays for one of the top softball programs in the country, playing in tournaments nationwide.... Read More

  • Noah

    Kentucky, 2019

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Noah, the oldest of four kids, is a great big brother and an excellent role model. He loves all sports, especially lacrosse and... Read More

  • Riley

    Kentucky, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

      Riley is a member of her school’s field hockey and crew teams, and also enjoys singing and acting in her school’s theatre... Read More

  • Blake

    Louisiana, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Between baseball, football and basketball, Blake always stays active. On top of his many sports, he stays active with JDRF advocating for the... Read More

  • Carson

    Louisiana, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 16

    Carson is an accomplished athlete who began playing baseball at age six. Now, he plays baseball on his high school varsity team as... Read More

  • Mia Grace

    Louisiana, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Mia Grace is a competitive year-round swimmer, participating with both her local swim club and her school’s varsity swim team. When she’s not... Read More

  • Lydia

    Maine, 2019

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Prior to her diagnosis, Lydia already knew the importance of T1D research because she had been supporting her friend’s JDRF One Walk team... Read More

  • Ruby

    Maine, 2019

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Ruby is excited to attend JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress after years of advocating locally for the T1D community, and is ready to meet... Read More

  • Jocelyn

    Maryland, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Jocelyn is passionate about everything she does. From competitive rock climbing to writing and photography, Jocelyn is a well-rounded teen who hasn’t let... Read More

  • Matthew

    Maryland, 2019

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Matthew was diagnosed with both T1D and celiac disease just last year, but he’s accomplished a lot since then. The month after he... Read More

  • Lilly

    Massachusetts, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    Lilly makes sure to include time for giving back to others as part of her already busy schedule of school, track and lacrosse.... Read More

  • Mia

    Massachusetts, 2019

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Mia is a very caring girl who prides herself on being kind to others and making friends. She loves music, playing with her... Read More

  • Sammy

    Massachusetts, 2019

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Sammy has overcome many fears since being diagnosed with T1D when he was six. Now, with his insulin pump and CGM, he can... Read More

  • Carly

    Michigan, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Carly is an honor student who tirelessly spends time advocating for those living with T1D in her own community. She has been involved... Read More

  • Jack

    Michigan, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Jack is a busy guy. He plays several different sports, enjoys school and hanging out with his friends, and is one of the... Read More

  • Lindsay

    Michigan, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Lindsay is an avid soccer player who is planning to play for her high school team this spring. She also enjoys writing, traveling... Read More

  • Will

    Michigan, 2019

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Will is no stranger to talking about what life is like with T1D. As a JDRF Youth Ambassador, he’s given speeches about T1D... Read More

  • Amelia

    Minnesota, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    months Amelia is an accomplished musician who plays both piano and violin, and even had the opportunity to travel to London last summer... Read More

  • Anthony

    Minnesota, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 18

    Months Anthony is a junior in high school and starting catcher on his high school’s baseball team. When he’s not in school or... Read More

  • Elizabeth

    Minnesota, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

    Elizabeth enjoys playing volleyball, participating in the dive team and competing with the track and field team. In addition to sports, she also... Read More

  • Skylar

    Minnesota, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Skylar is a straight-A student with a love of reading, writing, electronic music, shopping and drawing. She’s very involved with JDRF and has... Read More

  • Andrew

    Mississippi, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Andrew enjoys Nascar, antique cars, hunting and playing basketball. At school he enjoys math and science, and is a proud member of both... Read More

  • Mary Blair

    Mississippi, 2019

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Mary Blair is one active little girl! She loves participating in ballet and art classes, playing tennis, and is an avid reader as... Read More

  • Isaac

    Missouri, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Isaac enjoys reading, soccer and basketball, but especially loves music! Rock stars need their hands to play their instruments. As Isaac puts it,... Read More

  • Jaden

    Missouri, 2019

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Everyone who has met Jaden knows she is a an incredibly positive, outgoing and fun girl. In addition to being a competitive cheerleader,... Read More

  • Roland

    Montana, 2019

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    months While visiting family at just 11 months old, Roland’s grandparents—who were already familiar with T1D symptoms—made a striking observation that ultimately lead... Read More

  • Riley

    Nebraska, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Riley has been active her entire life, and when she was diagnosed with T1D at age seven, she knew she wasn’t going to... Read More

  • Sofia

    Nebraska, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Sofia is an extremely positive teenager, who met her T1D diagnosis with optimism and curiosity when she was just 10 years old. Having... Read More

  • Ashby

    Nevada, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Though Ashby was diagnosed with T1D in 2015, she and her family were no strangers to the disease, as her grandmother, great-grandmother, two... Read More

  • Charley

    Nevada, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Charley claims she is an ordinary teenage girl, but her attitude toward living with T1D makes her quite extraordinary. Since she was diagnosed... Read More

  • Andy

    New Hampshire, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Between gymnastics, running, snowboarding and ski jumping, Andy is basically a one-man Olympics team. He is a competitive gymnast and travels to competitions... Read More

  • Jackson

    New Hampshire, 2019

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Jackson is one active guy. He plays football, basketball and baseball, and says that one of his proudest moments has been making the... Read More

  • Arianna

    New Jersey, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Arianna is not defined by her diabetes: after being told she could not be an astronaut, she got accepted into space camp. She... Read More

  • Danny

    New Jersey, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Danny does an incredible job of managing a full schedule of academics and extra curricular activities including serving as vice president of his... Read More

  • Jameson

    New Jersey, 2019

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Jameson knows that the T1D community is supportive regardless of where one lives, because he’s experienced it firsthand. He and his family have... Read More

  • John

    New Jersey, 2019

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    When John isn’t tearing up the ice as part of his travel hockey team, or surfing at the beach with his brother and... Read More

  • Keyonna

    New Jersey, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Keyonna has always been a very ambitious and creative person, and now is excited to take her passion to Washington, D.C. for Children’s... Read More

  • Zoey

    New Jersey, 2019

    Age: 5 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Zoey never lets T1D slow her down. She enjoys going to pre-school, playing with her older sister, dancing, playing at the park, coloring... Read More

  • Katie

    New Mexico, 2019

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Just a couple of days before Katie was diagnosed with T1D, she competed at Divisionals for competitive rock climbing. At the competition, she... Read More

  • Ben

    New York, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    After Ben was diagnosed with T1D, his parents had his three younger brothers tested for T1D autoantibodies, and his younger brother Zach turned... Read More

  • Chandler

    New York, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Chandler is a pro when it comes to public speaking. He has spoken at his church, had roles in several plays and has... Read More

  • Emily

    New York, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Emily says that she doesn’t remember life without T1D, but while it’s her “normal,” she still has to think about it every second... Read More

  • Evelyn

    New York, 2019

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Evelyn is a shining light for other kids with T1D. She loves making new friends and being part of the Sugar Free Gang,... Read More

  • Luke

    New York, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    When Luke was diagnosed with T1D just after his first birthday, his family was all too familiar with T1D; Luke’s father, uncle and... Read More

  • Marin

    New York, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Marin is passionate about T1D technologies and research advancements, and helping to ensure that the T1D community has access to devices that make... Read More

  • Max

    New York, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Max has a busy schedule participating in student council, lacrosse, basketball, cross country and the International Club. Max also makes time for raising... Read More

  • Merrill

    New York, 2019

    Age: 16 Age at T1D Diagnosis: 15 months Merrill is thrilled to be coming back to Washington, D.C. with her family for her second JDRF Children’s Congress. In the ten... Read More

  • Sarah

    New York, 2019

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Sarah is a motivated young woman who seizes every opportunity to benefit her community. She stays busy outside of school through basketball, soccer,... Read More

  • Sophie

    New York, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Sophie is a creative girl with a passion for all things relating to the arts. She loves reading, writing, drawing and photography. Sophie... Read More

  • Catchie

    North Carolina, 2019

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Catchie hasn’t let T1D stand in her way of being a competitive gymnast—practicing and competing for 20 hours each week—and dreams of becoming... Read More

  • Ella

    North Carolina, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Ella plays goalie on her school’s varsity lacrosse team, and is already receiving interest from college coaches. Off of the field, Ella is... Read More

  • Jack

    North Carolina, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Jack doesn’t remember a lot about being in the hospital at age three when he was diagnosed with T1D, but he does remember... Read More

  • Kabir

    North Carolina, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: When

    Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis:14 When Kabir was diagnosed with T1D, he worried about the changes it would bring to him and his family’s lives and all of the... Read More

  • Will

    North Carolina, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 15

    months Will has had T1D as long as he can remember. When he was diagnosed at only 15 months old, his parents had... Read More

  • Danika

    North Dakota, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    Danika is determined to make a difference. Danika loves giving back to her community through service projects with her school’s student council, which... Read More

  • C.C.

    Ohio, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    months C.C. maintains a busy schedule full of basketball, softball, Girl Scouts, swimming, traveling and acting, but none of those things stop her... Read More

  • Sam

    Ohio, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 15

    months Sam is a leader both in the classroom and on the field, as an honor roll student who also participates in club... Read More

  • Skye

    Ohio, 2019

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Skye is usually described as strong, brave, and “one tough cookie!” After her T1D diagnosis, these words became even more descriptive of how... Read More

  • Tyler

    Ohio, 2019

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Though Tyler is just 10 years old, he has already met with more Members of Congress than most people do in a lifetime.... Read More

  • Lundyn

    Oklahoma, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    When Lundyn was diagnosed with T1D at age six, like any kid her age, she was terrified of needles. In the years since... Read More

  • Bram

    Oregon, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Bram may have only been diagnosed with T1D last year, but he has maintained a positive attitude and does not let it stop... Read More

  • Ellie

    Oregon, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    When Ellie was first diagnosed with T1D, it was difficult for her to learn that there is currently no cure for the disease,... Read More

  • Adriana

    Pennsylvania, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Adriana is an inspiration and a true testament to the amazing things young adults with T1D can do. She has an Instagram account... Read More

  • Joey

    Pennsylvania, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Joey loves playing hockey so much that he’s on two team rosters. He changed his hockey number to 53 after his T1D diagnosis... Read More

  • Libby

    Pennsylvania, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Libby is involved in many different activities that all have a common theme—giving back to others. She is co-leader of her school’s No... Read More

  • Mairead

    Pennsylvania, 2019

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Mairead is a very talented Irish dancer. She spends much of her time in the studio practicing and dancing in competitions, many of... Read More

  • Chloe

    Rhode Island, 2019

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    Chloe is a bright light who brings positivity everywhere she goes. She stays busy between playing on a Unified basketball team and running... Read More

  • Jackson

    Rhode Island, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Since Jackson was first diagnosed with T1D in 2013, he has progressed from finger sticks and insulin injections to CGM and insulin pump... Read More

  • Hannah

    South Carolina, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Hannah enjoys participating in cross country and track and field not only from an athletics perspective, but also a T1D advocacy perspective. “Through... Read More

  • Kate

    South Carolina, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Kate is a very gifted musician, playing an impressively long list of instruments. She studies piano, organ, cello, guitar and percussion. Kate also... Read More

  • William

    South Carolina, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Not only is William an honor student, he’s also a USTA tennis player, playing in tournaments and on his high school team. When... Read More

  • Sam

    South Dakota, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    Sam is an active student, lettering in both track and football, all while maintaining his spot on his school’s honor roll. In addition... Read More

  • Clayton

    Tennessee, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Everyone in Knoxville knows Clayton, from his many appearances on the news, to thanking customers at local stores supporting JDRF. Since he was... Read More

  • Elijah

    Tennessee, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    After his grandmother passed away due to complications from T1D, Elijah committed to taking the best possible care of himself and managing his... Read More

  • Sofi

    Tennessee, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 15

    When first diagnosed with T1D, Sofi was anxious about suddenly having to care for her own health, manage medical devices and give herself... Read More

  • Brandon

    Texas, 2019

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Brandon is a talented musician, playing drums and guitar. He loves music of all kinds and looks forward to practicing every day after... Read More

  • Brianna

    Texas, 2019

    Age: 9 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Brianna already knows what dog she will own upon moving to the White House when she becomes the President someday. Brianna is very... Read More

  • Brody

    Texas, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 15

    Brody is no stranger to giving back to those around him, in fact, he wants to make it his career one day by... Read More

  • Carson

    Texas, 2019

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 2

    Carson was only two years old when he joined his father who is living with T1D. Though Carson is young, he shows that... Read More

  • Cole

    Texas, 2019

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 13

    months When he isn’t hitting home runs on the baseball diamond, you can find Cole filming his YouTube channel where he and his... Read More

  • Grayson

    Texas, 2019

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Grayson is an active guy who enjoys tennis, basketball, Star Wars, playing video games with his friends and participating in taekwondo where he... Read More

  • Lexi

    Texas, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    Lexi is described as “a role model for young people with T1D.” Her willingness to do all she can for T1D research has... Read More

  • Lulu

    Texas, 2019

    Age: 15 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    When forced to evacuate by Hurricane Harvey, Lulu and her family were most concerned about packing enough insulin and T1D supplies before leaving... Read More

  • Madison

    Texas, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Madison is a great outdoors expert. She raises animals for Future Farmers of America (FFA), and her livestock judging team even made it... Read More

  • Makenzie

    Arkansas, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

    months Makenzie shines onstage as a talented actor, singer, hip hop dancer and videographer. She enjoys performing in her school plays and with... Read More

  • Nadia

    Texas, 2019

    Age: 7 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Nadia is an enthusiastic, active seven-year-old who doesn’t let anything stand in her way, especially not T1D! She loves attending diabetes camp in... Read More

  • Stella

    Texas, 2019

    Age: 6 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

    Stella might be young, but her commitment to raising awareness about T1D is mighty! It’s because of this, as well as her leadership... Read More

  • Lyla

    Utah, 2019

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

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

  • Tannon

    Utah, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

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

  • Zack

    Utah, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 11

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

  • Ellie

    Vermont, 2019

    Age: 17 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    It was no surprise to Ellie’s parents when she was diagnosed with T1D at the age of five because both of her parents... Read More

  • Chloe

    Virginia, 2019

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Chloe is a brilliant girl with a bright future ahead of her. She is very active in her community, plays volleyball and loves... Read More

  • Ellie

    Virginia, 2019

    Age: 8 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    Ellie loves participating in ballet and hip hop dance classes and swimming, and recently completed her first 5K run. She is very proud... Read More

  • Garrett

    Virginia, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 1

    Garrett is extremely passionate about everything he does. He loves organized sports, and plays hockey, basketball, football, soccer, golf and is a swimmer.... Read More

  • Hugh

    Virginia, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

    Hugh is a talented musician who plays violin, viola, piano and recorder, performing with both his school’s jazz band and honors orchestra. Hugh... Read More

  • Jamie

    Virginia, 2019

    Age: 10 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    Jamie loves volleyball, softball and basketball, as well as being actively involved with JDRF. She takes part in local T1D support group meetings,... Read More

  • Austin

    Washington, 2019

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

    At Austin’s first JDRF event, he was pushed around in a stroller at a JDRF One Walk in support of his older brother... Read More

  • CJ

    Washington, 2019

    Age: 13 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

    CJ isn’t afraid to enthusiastically try new things—from mountain biking to snowboarding, and becoming a go-to source for all things exotic car related—he’s... Read More

  • Juliana

    Washington, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    For so many kids, Christmas is a day of gifts, family and delicious food. In 2008, Juliana, however, spent Christmas in the hospital... Read More

  • Natalie

    Washington, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Natalie has enjoyed running for many years, and has refused to let T1D stop her. In fact, just two years ago, she ran... Read More

  • Emerson

    West Virginia, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 8

    Emerson refuses to let T1D block him from doing the things he loves, which include playing lacrosse, hiking, participating in Boy Scouts and... Read More

  • Danielle

    Wisconsin, 2019

    Age: 16 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Danielle loves exploring and trying out new, exciting things, participating in Model United Nations, volunteering at a nursing home assisting elderly residents and... Read More

  • Gabby

    Wisconsin, 2019

    Age: 12 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

    Gabby is a talented musician and golfer. She loves to play piano and sing, and even sang in a music festival in Wisconsin.... Read More

  • Miles

    Wisconsin, 2019

    Age: 11 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

    Diagnosed with T1D at just four years old, Miles recalls not being able to fully understand his diagnosis until he was a bit... Read More

  • Holden

    Wyoming, 2019

    Age: 14 | Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

    If you live in Wyoming and don’t know much about T1D, Holden is your go-to guy. He makes sure to set aside time... Read More

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