We are so excited to be back in person for the 2022 JDRF One Walks! This year, we have had overwhelming enthusiasm for our inspiring Youth Ambassadors who are dedicated to supporting JDRF’s mission by sharing their stories of life with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to help others better understand the importance of raising funds for research through One Walk.
Now, let’s meet our 2022 One Walk Ambassadors!
Meet Alexander! Alexander was diagnosed with T1D when he was 3 years old. He loves running around with his friends and two little brothers and riding his scooter! A cure to Alexander would mean getting to go to camp or sleepovers anywhere.
Meet Avery! She was diagnosed with T1D when she was 10 years old. Avery loves to dance and dances both competitively and on her school team! One thing she wishes that others knew about T1D is that type 1 diabetes doesn’t hold her back! Diabetics can do anything and eat anything they want as long as they monitor their levels and use insulin to dose.
Meet Blythe! She was diagnosed with T1D when she was 10 years old. Blythe loves to read, play video games, swimming and Dungeons and Dragons. Blythe enjoys being a part of the JDRF family because she knows that she has scientists behind her to help her and others who are going through the same struggles.
Meet Brody! He was diagnosed with T1D when he was 2.5 years old. Brody loves playing sports! A cure to Brody would mean no more needles and never having to miss out on recess or activities.
Meet Claire! She was diagnosed with T1D when she was 9 years old. Claire enjoys playing piano, singing and jumping on the trampoline! Claire says that being a part of the JDRF family means helping everyone with diabetes to feel included and sharing information with those who don’t understand diabetes to know what it’s like to be a person with T1D.
Meet Connor! He was diagnosed with T1D when he was 19 months old. Connor loves playing video games, crafting and building new designs, and playing baseball! If there was one thing Connor wishes others knew about T1D, it would how hard it is and how much brain power it takes all day every day to manage.
Meet Ellis! She was diagnosed with T1D when she was 9 years old. Ellis participates in theatre, plays and musicals! A cure to Ellis would mean not having to think about insulin before and after almost everything she does. She would be so excited!
Meet Jackson! Jackson was diagnosed with T1D when he was 15 years old. He loves playing soccer and football in his free time. One thing Jackson wishes people knew about type one diabetes is that it is not a preventable disease.
Meet Jacob! Jacob was diagnosed with T1D when he was 5 years old. He loves playing football, sports and going to the pool! Jacob says a cure to type one diabetes would change his life forever.
Meet Kyler! Kyler was diagnosed with T1D when he was 5 years old. He loves baseball, basketball, wrestling, video games and hanging out with his friends! A cure to Kyler would mean not having to worry all the time about checking his numbers, being able to go places with friends, and not having his parents worried all the time.
Meet Nora! Nora was diagnosed with T1D when she was 10 years old. She is a competitive soccer player, plays the trombone and loves music! Nora wants to raise awareness about type one to others and let kids know they can still do all the things they did before.
Meet Roman! Roman was diagnosed with T1D when he was 9 years old. He loves gaming and basketball! Roman says science is his sport and a cure is important to him because type 1 diabetes has changed every part of his life.
Meet Brooklyn! Brooklyn was diagnosed with T1D when she was 11 years old. She loves to dance and dances several nights a week! A cure to Brooklyn would mean she wouldn’t have to worry about taking medicine with every meal, or explaining what the devices on her arms are for. It would ease the concerns for her long term health impacts.
Meet Connor! Connor was diagnosed with T1D when he was 4 years old . He loves being on stage in his school productions for fall plays and spring musicals! If there was one thing Connor wishes others knew about T1D, it would be that T1D does not slow him down. He can do anything he wants, just with a little more time, preparation and a juice box in tow!
Meet Ella! Ella was diagnosed with T1D when she was 18 months old. In her free time, she loves to participate in jujitsu! If there was one thing Ella wishes others knew about T1D, it would be that type one diabetes does not give her limitations. As long as she manages her diabetes and pays attention to what her body needs, anyone can be successful with diabetes.
Meet Ellie! Ellie was diagnosed with T1D when she was 10 years old. Ellie loves gymnastics, basketball and volleyball! A cure to T1D would mean everything to Ellie. She could eat food without shots and be a normal kid again.
Meet Kate! Kate was diagnosed with T1D when she was 9 years old. She loves to play piano, do arts and crafts, and is involved in Girl Scouts. Kate enjoys being a part of the JDRF Family because it helps her to know she is not the only one with T1D.
Meet Ryan! Ryan was diagnosed with T1D when he was 4.5 years old. He loves all sports! A cure to type 1 diabetes would mean everything to Ryan. No more counting carbs and finger pokes, no more ketone testing and site changes, and no more worries about sleepovers and summer camp.
Meet Ryder! Ryder was diagnosed with T1D when he was 10 years old. He loves to play outside and play sports like lacrosse and basketball! Ryder enjoys being a part of the JDRF family because he likes being with other kids and students who know what he is going through.
Meet Trisha! Trisha was diagnosed with T1D when she was 4 years old. She loves art, drawing, video games and movies. If there was one thing Trisha wished others knew about T1D, it would be that it is not about how much sugar we eat, it is about our bodies fighting itself.
Meet Wesley! Wesley was diagnosed with T1D when he was 7 years old. He loves playing soccer, baseball and tennis! A cure to Wesley would mean freedom from shots, lows, carb counting, sensors, finger pokes and all the other things he deals with every day. A cure would be the answer to his prayers.