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 attend the Frostbite Campout in the Yukon next year. Bruno also likes reading about World War II and aviation, participating in Student Government and even competing in his state geography bee. He and his family also participated in the JDRF Beat the Bridge event in Seattle with their team The Hokey Pokers. Bruno never lets T1D get in his way, which he says, is thanks to advancements in research and T1D technology. Bruno looks forward to talking about T1D research advancements in D.C., saying that he is “proof that research is important and works!”


“Mr. Malecha goes to Washington: Local with Type 1 diabetes advocates for research funding,” Juneau Empire, June 28, 2019

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