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 up for something different. When he was diagnosed with T1D, he took this same determined attitude and decided to help make a difference. Describing himself as “naturally social,” CJ has helped raise more than $20,000 the past few years through his JDRF One Walk team, served as the JDRF One Walk 2015 Youth ambassador, as well as an ambassador for Marshall’s during their JDRF sneaker campaigns each year, along with speaking about T1D at various events. “I enjoy talking about JDRF because without them, I wouldn’t have as much hope in my life.”

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