Age: 11
Age at T1D diagnosis: 10

Although Rowan wasn’t diagnosed until recently, she has been involved with JDRF from the very beginning. Her older brother learned that he had T1D when he was five years old. After her own diagnosis, Rowan says, “My brother took care of me and told me that we were going to beat diabetes together.” Rowan raises T1D awareness by volunteering at events and participating in JDRF Walks. This year, she raised more than $12,000 by creating a YouTube video about her and her brother’s JDRF Walk team. She’s a member of a travel basketball team, and also enjoys playing soccer, drawing and doing arts and crafts. Rowan is attending JDRF Children’s Congress to push for more research. “We need to fund research to help find a cure so that Type One can become Type None,” she says.

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