Tracy Tucker of Hammond, Indiana, is a school nurse devoted to helping school students learn how to manage a lifestyle with diabetes. One of Tucker's teaching tools is a teddy bear with diabetes named Rufus, who is covered in numerous colored patches that indicate the areas insulin should be injected and where blood sugar should be tested.
Ann Clute of Hawley, Minnesota, has two children and a husband with type 1 diabetes. To share her beliefs about type 1 diabetes with others, Clute has written a book entitled "Blessed with Unusual Happiness: A Mother's Love Story about the Gift of Diabetes and So Much More."
Crystal Rivera of Jefferson, New Jersey, has written a fiction book based on her experience with having a younger brother with type 1 diabetes. Crystal, 13, will have a portion of the money she makes from book sales donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The book is called Diary of a Life Less Sweet.
Natalie Porter of Arlington, Massachusetts, is participating in this month's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes fundraiser in Boston to honor the memory of her late aunt and to help find a cure for diabetes. Porter's beloved aunt, Carol Janicki, recently passed away due to complications from type 2 diabetes.
Sisters Taylor and Emilee Grimes of Bowling Green, Kentucky, have been living with type 1 diabetes for several years. Taylor is 15 years old, and was diagnosed with diabetes 8 years ago, whereas her younger sister Emilee, 10, was diagnosed 4 years ago. To support their daughters, parents Roddy and Lisa Taylor are participating in a fundraiser to help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).