Age: 15
Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

An avid baseball player, John has played for as long as he can remember on school, little league, all–star and travel teams. “I have played most sports: baseball, basketball, soccer, football and golf,” he says, but “baseball is my favorite sport by far because I have played it my entire life and I am very passionate about it. I love the team atmosphere and how I get to make new friends,” he says. John is also batting a thousand when it comes to his T1D advocacy. He has attended every one of his local JDRF Walks since his diagnosis at age 7, and has recruited classmates and friends to participate, with him. John has also educated a newly diagnosed boy from his school, and attends Bearskin Meadow Camp, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.

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