Age: 11
Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

Ella has been doing gymnastics since she was four, the age she was diagnosed with T1D, and hopes to go professional. Ella says, “My dream for the future is to go to the Olympics for gymnastics someday and be as good as Simone Biles, and I won’t let diabetes stop me from doing those things because I want to accomplish my dreams.” After her gymnastics career, she hopes to be a doctor so she can help people be stronger and healthier. Ella is excited to attend Children’s Congress and tell her Members of Congress how their support for T1D research makes a difference.

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