Age: 8
Age at Diagnosis: 4

Children’s Congress is a huge part of Natalie’s family story—her mom was a Delegate at the very first Children’s Congress in 1999! “I think it’s special that I will be the exact same age my mom was when she was a Delegate!” In addition to her mom, Natalie also has two aunts who live with T1D. She dreams of a day (or even week) without type 1 diabetes, but until then Natalie raises funds and awareness through her One Walk team, The Natalie Noodlers, through lemonade stands, and looks forward to future opportunities to advocate for the T1D community.

Natalie loves reading and math and she also takes hip hop dance classes. In the summer, she enjoys attending diabetes camp, going to the lake, and watching projector movies outside with friends and family. When she grows up, Natalie would like to be a school nurse to help other kids with T1D.

“Spokane girl, 8, set to go to Washington, D.C. to talk about diabetes,” The Spokesman-Review, June 22, 2023

“Spokane mother and daughter fighting for a Type 1 diabetes cure,” KXLY, July 6, 2023

“8-year-old girl from Spokane in Washington, D.C. to talk about diabetes with Congress,” KREM ABC 2, July 9, 2023

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