Kellan’s Story

Kellan Vanschalkwyk is a 18 year old baseball player who plays outfield, 1st base and third base, and is currently committed to Southwestern University. Kellan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12.

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Anissa’s Story

Anissa Gamble is a Canadian scientist, professional hockey player, and activist in the type 1 diabetes community. Her East coast roots and cross-country experience has shaped her into a passionate, curious optimist person today. Anissa completed her undergraduate studies playing Division 1 hockey in the NCAA at Robert Morris University (RMU) majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-med and minored in chemistry. She went on to study her master of science in experimental surgery evaluating islet cell transplantation under the supervision of Dr. A.M.J Shapiro. During this time, Gamble commenced her professional hockey career playing for the Calgary Inferno apart of the Canadian Women's Hockey league (CWHL). She then moved back to Toronto and plays for the Toronto Furies while working as a research analyst at UHN eHealth of global innovations evaluating telemedicine for T1D management. She is on route to study her PhD at the University of Toronto IHPME program creating a Canadian patient engagement network, educational platform and virtual health care visits. In her spare time, you can find her outdoors working with T1D communities like Connected in Motion, DSkate, JDRF, IChallenge diabetes or Diabetes Hope foundation.

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Jenna's Story

Jenna Brown is a fitness coach and yoga teacher from Calgary, Alberta , Canada whose had type 1 diabetes for 22 years. Her passions are helping people find strength through their struggle and helping people live healthfully and see their potential.

Photo Credits: Brendan Ryder

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Mackenzie's Story

Mackenzie Pias (left) is a sophomore at the University Of Connecticut where she runs cross country and track as a distance runner. Mackenzie was diagnosed about 8 months ago with T1D and since then has created Mackenzie’s Beads where she makes and sell necklaces and donates all the profits to T1International and the International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child program, two organizations that supply insulin to those who need it. So far she has raised over $500! To learn More head over to our “Interesting Stuff For T1D’s Page”

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Brittany's Story

Brittany DeClouette is a third year medical student at The University Of Southern California. She also attended the University Of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate and won a state championship as a three sport athlete in high school.

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Kate's Story

Kate Hall is a T1D track and field athlete specializing in long jump and sprints. Kate currently holds the national high school record in long jump, which won her the 2015 New Balance National Outdoor title. Kate is also a 2 time NCAA national champion in long jump winning the 2017 outdoor national championship and the 2018 indoor national championship. Kate also made it to finals in the 2016 Olympic Trials in long jump as well. She currently competes professionally with hopes of qualifying for the Olympics and World Championships. Another goal she has is to inspire other children who have T1D by showing them that this disease doesn’t have to stop them from doing what they love.

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Raquel’s Story

Raquel Baron is a T1D from Dallas, Texas. She is currently in her final year as a dance major at the University of Texas at Austin. She is president of the CDN chapter at UT, volunteers with the Austin JDRF chapter, writes blogs for Better Living Technologies, and is on the YLC committee. Raquel has a passion for helping the diabetes community and meeting new t1ds.

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James’s Story

James Mansfield was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006 since then he co-founded Type One Run  and became a member of the Beyond Type 1 leadership council.

 

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Jonathan’s Story

Jonathan Tijerina is currently a 4th year medical student at Stanford School of Medicine who was diagnosed at age 13. He is a part of the Dexcom Warriors program and uses the Loop closed loop system to manage his diabetes. He was a 3 sport athlete at Baylor University in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field and was named the Big XII Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015. Now he's all washed up, but he continues to enjoy runs in beautiful sunny California. He hopes to be an eye surgeon and continue to be involved in the diabetes community in the future.

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Jordan’s Story

Jordan Miller is a NCAA Division III basketball player for the University of Wisconsin Green Bay- Marinette. Jordan has had T1D since she was 4 years old, and has been featured in ads for Dexcom.

 

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Taja’s Story

Taja Cato is a T1D weight loss coach from California whose  purpose is to help other women take control of their diabetes and their fitness goals and to empower them so that they can reach their full potential.

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Jaylen’s Story

Jaylen Mayfield is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University who was diagnosed at age 14. Despite his diabetes Jaylen was part of the Mississippi State marching band as a trombone player and was an active soccer player. Jaylen also recently just moved to Michigan where he excited to adjust to his new surroundings and keep inspiring people with his story.

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Lissie’s Story

Lissie Poyner was diagnosed with T1D during her sophomore year of college and has been involved with numerous diabetic organizations since her diagnosis such as the College Diabetes Network, ADA, JDRF, and Type One Run.

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Johana's Story

Johana is a T1D who was diagnosed almost a year ago and currently studies nutrition which will help her educate others and help them live a healthier lifestyle.

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Sarah’s Story

Sarah MacLeod is a T1D from Boston, Masachutes. Sarah is involved with a number of T1D organizations such as type one run which is a program of Beyond type 1, DiabetesSisters and  the diabulimia helpline  and is a certified Holistic Health coach. Sarah also runs the blog http://www.whatsarahsaid.blog/ where she blogs about her life with diabetes and much more.

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