Age: 17
Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

Caroline is involved in her community as a tutor for second graders, a volunteer at a senior residence and through her work with the JDRF Northwest Chapter. As a student ambassador at her school, she recruits prospective eighth graders. As a Teen Ambassador for the Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes, she helms Pump It Up for Caroline, a team consisting of family and friends, which has raised more than $100,000 in seven years. While looking ahead to college, Caroline notes having T1D presents extra challenges in her junior year, such as how her blood sugar will behave during taking the SATs. “The strides that have been made in even the past two years have been even more groundbreaking,” says Caroline, “I hope to soon experience these technologies for myself someday soon.”

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