Diagnosed at the age of three, I have been living with type 1 diabetes for nearly all of my life. Since my diagnosis, my path has crossed with many influential and inspiring people who have shaped my journey. From the beginning, my family, friends, doctors and the American Diabetes Association have had such a huge influence on me.
I’ve been actively involved with the Association since I first attended their Camp Wana Kura, in San Diego, at age five. I’ve been to Diabetes Camp every year since and have been a teen staff member for the past four summers. At 16 years old, I am the youngest (and proudest!) ongoing member of the Camp Wana Kura planning committee to help plan the most successful Diabetes Camp possible. I’ve loved helping the kids and working with diabetes so much that I’ve even listed myself as a babysitter for children with diabetes!
I’m also very involved with my local Association office and their events. As an avid advocate and fundraiser, I’ve shared my personal story and passion to find a cure at the San Diego Tour de Cure