Type 1 Diabetes
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes two days before my 4th birthday. The constant use of needles and threat to my life was frightening and incredibly hard, especially at such a young age. It forced me to choose very early between two paths in life: I could choose to the path of anger and pity; or, I could turn my wounds into wisdom, and make life better for all of us suffering from Type 1 diabetes. I chose the latter and decided to help JDRF fight back.
Our family started our family team in 2004 when I was 4. Of course, my parents ran most of it, but by the age of 6, I started speaking at small gathering helping the JDRF raise awareness at corporate events. Being a patient advocate inspired me and gave me hope. By age 8, I was speaking at large galas, radios spots and live TV news segments. By the age of 10, I took over my walk team; I have been the leader ever since. To date, we have raised a little over $220,000.
In 2014, I was honored to speak at the Americans for Cures Milestones of Progress Retreat at Stanford University as a patient advocate for T1D. I am very excited to be an Americans for Cures Patient Advocate Ambassador because I believe that the single great hope to finding a biological cure to T1D and many other diseases lies in stem cell research.
In addition to running my walk team, I am also involved in the following:
• JDRF Youth Ambassador and 2015 Children’s Congress Delegate
• Americans for Cures Patient Advocate Ambassador
• Varsity Softball Pitcher