Delaney Alves of Fort Worth, Texas has been living with type 1 diabetes since he was 2 years old. Now 19, Alves has a diabetic alert dog named Dex that helps him manage his condition by sensing blood sugar levels and alerting Alves when his levels are too low or too high.
Mariana Arellano of Miami, Florida was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. A 17-year-old junior in high school, Mariana has independently taken control of her condition, and now exercises regularly and eats healthier foods. Prior to her diagnosis, Mariana had been living with prediabetes for 2 years.
Professional race car driver Charlie Kimball was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in October 2007. In an effort to inspire children who also have type 1 diabetes, Kimball visited a Lutheran Children's Hospital last week to share his story about being diagnosed.
High school senior Hayden White has been living with type 1 diabetes since he was only 5 years old. Although White is an involved athlete who plays soccer for his high school, his blood sugar levels are constantly on his mind, along with that of his coach, Mike Hickman.
Emmit Sedlachek of Beatrice, Nebraska was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last October, and has already grown used to managing his condition. In an effort to raise money for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and support finding a cure for type 1 diabetes, Emmit has been collecting donations from homes in his neighborhood.