T1D Heroes

The T1D Heroes We Are Fighting For

We are amazed by children and adults living with T1D who serve as an inspiration by facing the challenges of this disease with courage and perseverance and don’t let T1D stand in their way of achieving their goals and dreams. Here are just a few well known athletes who don’t let T1D slow them down: Jay Cutler – NFL Quarterback, Ryan Reed – NASCAR Driver, Gary Hall, Jr. – Olympic Gold Medalist – Swimming, Sean Busby – Professional Snowboarder, Brandon Morrow – ML Pitcher for San Diego Padres, Kyle Cochran – American Ninja Warrior.

Below are some of our own T1D heroes who we are very proud of!


Type 1 Diabetic – Diagnosed 2/13/2004

Dylan is a smart, funny, athletic kid who loves to play baseball and snowboard. He enjoys doing just about anything outdoors. When he was just about 5 years old is when he learned both sports. Dylan loves to hang out with his friends and enjoys playing video games like most kids. He has never let T1D slow him down! Dylan was diagnosed when he was 2 years old and is now 13.


Type 1 Diabetic – Diagnosed 3/11/2005

Sierra is force of nature. She is athletic, smart and has more energy than most of us. She has no fear and lets nothing stop her from achieving her goals. Sierra was diagnosed T1D at the age of 15 months old and then 3 years later she was also diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease. Despite her medical challenges, Sierra continues to educate newly diagnosed T1D’s as well as school staff and parents. She wants to go to college on a volleyball & academic scholarship, start rock climbing, ride horses and advocate for all T1D’s. Sierra is just 11 years old but you will undoubtedly see more of this T1D Hero!


Type 1 Diabetic – Diagnosed June 2010

Emma is 14 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in June of 2010 at the age of nine. She loves dogs and hopes to operate a dog rescue one day. She is a straight A student and is very involved in activities such as Color Guard, Art Club, and volunteering regularly in our community. Her strength and courage managing her diabetes is very inspiring.


Type 1 Diabetic – Diagnosed 1/21/2013

Cienna is an active 12 year old girl who enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, riding horses, camping, and going to the beach. Cienna was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 10, but hasn’t let it slow her down. She has been courageous in facing the challenges that T1D brings, and relentless in using the medical tools available to help manage her blood sugar levels. Carry on my brave warrior! “We don’t know how strong we are, until being strong is the only choice we have.”