Age: 13
Age at Diagnosis: 1

Eli loves science and social studies. He likes to spend his free time outdoors, playing golf, hiking, and camping. Eli is a patrol leader in his Boy Scout troop and plans to become an Eagle Scout in the next few years. His goals for the future include getting his pilot’s license, attending law school after college, and one day running for office so he can support healthcare issues.

Eli and his family have been active in One Walk for many years, and recently Eli was selected as one of two ambassadors for the 40th anniversary of his local One Walk, which gave him the opportunity to speak to corporate teams about his experiences living with T1D. “I wanted to teach people about T1D, what it is like to live with it and how someone is diagnosed with T1D. I really liked telling my story.”

“Local student represents Washington in Children’s Congress,” Queen Anne & Magnolia News, June 22, 2023

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