Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10, Courtney Duckworth is a professional cheerleader for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, two-time Boston Marathon competitor, and author of The Marathon We Live: Training for a Personal Best in Life with Type 1 Diabetes. Dedicated to encouraging others, she started The Every Step Counts Scholarship Program to celebrate healthy living in young adults with T1D, especially as they transition to independent care. Courtney graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The College of William and Mary, has been an NIH research fellow, and will continue her medical education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine starting August 2018.
Fun facts: Courtney recently teamed with Abbott Global to celebrate those who live life to the fullest with diabetes (see video right). On a sillier note, she is a grandma at heart...writing letters and knitting are two favorite hobbies.
David Konapelsky has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 10 years and has served as Lead Volunteer for both the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore JDRF One Walk. He is also a long-time JDRF Night of Hope Gala and TypeOne Nation Research Summit volunteer. David graduated from Towson University, currently lives in Washington, D.C., and works in consulting.
Fun fact: David and Courtney met at the 2010 Night of Hope Gala and have been diabesties ever since.
Emily was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 8 years old. Now 25, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State University, Master of Science in Athletic Training from Ohio University, and is a board Certified Athletic Trainer. She currently works as a performing arts athletic trainer in Southern California, as well as a lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, where she teaches a personal health course to 300+ students each quarter.
She became involved in the type 1 community on social media a year ago with her @type1emily Instagram account. She acts as a one-on-one resource to people that are under her care who are also living with type 1, and works to educate the athletic training
community on working as part of an interdisciplinary care team for student athletes with T1D.
Fun facts: Emily figure skated for 17 years (one of her favorite accomplishments includes representing US Figure Skating and Team USA while competing with Harmony Theatre Company - Senior at an international theater on ice competition in Spain in 2013 where they won the silver medal!), loves to dance, and has been using the Medtronic 670g and auto mode since October 2017. Not only is purple her favorite color, but all of her diabetes supplies are color-coordinated!