Age: 15
Age at T1D diagnosis: 6

Andrew’s participation in JDRF Children’s Congress isn’t his first foray into politics. He has served as both vice president and president of his student council, as well as a JDRF Junior Ambassador for the last five years. And T1D isn’t the only health hurdle he’s overcome. Andrew had a massive stroke while his mom was pregnant with him, and was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Yet one glance at his impressive résumé proves that nothing is impossible. Andrew has been a spokesperson and keynote speaker for the JDRF Blanton Vogler Golf Tournament, which has raised more than $500,000; a golfer, baseball player and oratorical contest winner; and an advocate for children’s medical safety. “Because of my diabetes,” he says, “I have been given the opportunity to make a difference.”

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