Age: 17
Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

Emory and two of his siblings have T1D, so he understands how much work and support (and money) it takes to manage it. This has driven him to do all he can to spread awareness about T1D, including fundraising for One Walks and being a Youth Ambassador. Emory worries about people with T1D who don’t have health insurance, so he’s looking forward to speaking to his Congressional representatives about reducing the obstacles people with T1D face to stay safe and healthy.

In his free time, Emory plays on a competitive travel volleyball team, which he is especially proud of. At school, he’s a member of the Student Council Association and manages their social media accounts. He plans on studying media communications in college. “I hope one day to be an influencer for good—not just because I have T1D, but in spite of it!”

“Teen from Ashburn to Represent Virginia at JDRF 2023 Children’s Congress,” Loudoun County Public Schools, July 17, 2023

“Ashburn Student Chosen for JDRF Children’s Congress,” Loudoun Now, July 17, 2023

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