Age: 15
Age at T1D diagnosis: 7

“I do believe that if we continue to work together,” says Stephen, “one day diabetes will no longer exist. I try every day to keep myself in good health so that I can be first in line for the cure.” Stephen is doing his part to bring about that solution. He serves as a JDRF Gala representative, has raised more than $100,000 through the JDRF Walk and tennis tournament fundraising efforts, and has helped coordinate children’s art projects for auctions to benefit T1D research. Stephen also has plenty of hobbies: “I love sports: soccer, basketball and tennis. I enjoy reading and I love the beach, the outdoors, golf… all sorts of things!” he says. “Diabetes doesn’t slow me down!” He hopes to become a tennis pro or a doctor.

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