Age: 15
Age at T1D diagnosis: 5

Henry has overcome great hurdles in his struggle with T1D. Ranked second in the country in sprint kayaking for his age/standing, Henry had earned a spot at the Olympic Committee–sponsored training camp. However, the training head later informed Henry that, ultimately, he would not be invited to participate. Why? Because the coach did not want to “deal with” Henry’s T1D.

Henry hasn’t given up on his Olympic dream. He spends time sprint kayaking, playing the oboe, and participating in school clubs, such as Model United Nations and the Human Rights Club. Henry finds strength in his family, which has participated in a genetic study for T1D, and in his volunteer efforts. He has worked at a summer camp and attends events such as his community’s T1D-only pool parties. He hopes to work in government and law someday.



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