Some people's talent you can't help but fangirl over...Beyoncé, Tom Brady, Ellen Degeneres...and scholarship finalist, Brandon Krzynefski. Watch the video (right) and you will immediately see why. He's incredible. In fact, he is a 7-time national power tumbling champion and a World Team bronze medalist. WOW.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes close to her 4th birthday, Lorena Bergstrom is a bright (above 4.0 GPA bright), talented (plays multiple instruments very well), and honest representative of the T1D community. As an incoming student at the University of California, Berkeley, Lorena writes articles for her local JDRF chapter and holds an interest in biotechnology. Along with her incredible achievements, Lorena stood out for her willingness to try new things in her care...something that can be difficult for someone who has had T1D for 50 days or 50 years. Here are some of Lorena's insights from her Every Step Counts Scholarship application. Thank you, Lorena, and congratulations!
Diagnosed with T1D at the age of 13, Aidan Fernandez is about as well rounded as they come. Now 18, Aidan is graduating from Duncan U. Fletcher High School with above a 4.0 GPA. While maintaining his grades, he has lead the varsity baseball team, served as a counselor at the American Diabetes Association’s Camp JADA, coached youth sports, tutored students in math, and worked at the YMCA. Oh, did we mention he’s bilingual?
In short, Aidan is a force. He is an invaluable representative of the type 1 community and will undoubtedly add a great deal to the University of Florida, where he aspires to major in biomedical engineering...and one day become a pediatric endocrinologist.
Here, we share some of Aidan’s insights from his Every Step Counts Application. Congratulations, Aidan!
My mom was also in the audience (such a treat!). Her hand shot up.
"Were you wearing your medical ID when you got stranded?"
The answer is...no...I was not. To me, the most interesting part of that story was lack of strategy. To my mom, it was the fact that a very simple solution could have protected me if the situation escalated. Mercifully, a car drove by and I was able to get a ride back to campus to treat my low. But what if I had passed out and was not able to communicate that I had T1D?
I took a quick poll to see who was wearing a medical ID. Out of 50 teens, less than half were wearing medical IDs. Why not? Clunkiness. Perception of "coolness." Forgetting to put them back on. All relatable reasons. When I was not wearing my ID, all of these factors came into play.
Alexi Melvin has spent most of her life living outside what most of us would consider the comfort zone. As the daughter of a Major League baseball player, Alexi moved all over the country while balancing T1D (she was diagnosed at 14). With a love for performing, she continued to travel nationwide for acting, writing, and studying journalism at The New School in Manhattan. Her voice can even be heard in both Star Wars: Rogue One and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She is also the Senior Director of Alliances for KNOW Foods! Here we sit down with Alexi to talk about balancing traveling and performing with T1D.
“Even if we are 1,000 miles away, I want people to feel at home.” These are the words by my close friend Geneva who joined a pact of explorers who prove that we can go anywhere in the world with type 1 diabetes. She answered a call for writers to form the travel blog Diabetes Abroad. I want to share with you why this travel blog started and how adding 1 photo can change our global community.