Age: 15
Age at T1D diagnosis: 3

Cerriah’s family has one unfortunate legacy: Cerriah, her younger sister (Alexis), father, grandfather, and three uncles all have T1D. “I am living proof that with knowledge, discipline, and sacrifice, one can lead an almost normal life with type 1 diabetes. But the next child diagnosed could be your brother, sister, child, grandchild, neighbor, or friend. Type 1 diabetes affects everyone and anyone.” Yet Cerriah seeks the positives, too. She has parlayed her passion for a cure into her role as a JDRF ambassador, helping to raise more than $400,000 and cutting the ceremonial ribbon at a JDRF Walk.

Cerriah was selected as the Osceola County Disney Dreamer and Doer, and has been featured in local newspapers and on Good Morning America. She has also earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for contributing more than 1,500 hours of community service.

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