Age: 11
Age at T1D diagnosis: 9

David is living proof that T1D technology is life–changing. He received his first CGM six months after his T1D diagnosis, and later was chosen as the child spokesperson for the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor. Still, as David says, “The technology that I use every day is critical, but not a cure.” David advocates for that cure, leading the charge for the top fundraising team for his local JDRF Walk last year, appearing in a JDRF public service announcement and delivering a speech at a JDRF Gala event. A stop–action moviemaker and healthy cook, David stays active. “I’m not sad to have type 1 diabetes. I’m going to take this setback and turn it into something positive. This isn’t something my parents have taught me—this feeling comes straight from my soul.”


“Kewalo Basin lights up for a good cause during Kakaako Nite Run”, May 23, 2015, KHON-2, Honolulu, HI 

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