Age: 14
Age at T1D diagnosis: 4

For so many kids, Christmas is a day of gifts, family and delicious food. In 2008, Juliana, however, spent Christmas in the hospital where she received her T1D diagnosis. In the 10 years since, she has seen many improvements in how she is able to manage her T1D, and she’s excited to explain the importance of T1D research to her Members of Congress while in D.C. at Children’s Congress. “Advances in technology have made my experience with T1D 1,000 times better and easier to manage, but there is still so much further to go,” explains Juliana. Aside from being a T1D champion, Juliana maintains a very busy schedule as a dancer, spending her weeknights in the studio and her weekends competing around the country.

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