Ambassador Stories

Meet some of our Walk ambassadors; they have worked diligently to encourage Walk participants to raise much-needed funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. 

Teagan - Age 11 (diagnosed age 5)  Image

Teagan - Age 11 (diagnosed age 5)

"My name is Teagan Hulse and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, when my family was on vacation in Myrtle Beach for March Break - it really wasn’t much of a holiday that year! I am now 11 and have been living with finger pokes, insulin pumps, CGM’s, counting carbs, highs and lows, every day for the past 6 years. I am a hockey player, on the ice 5 times/week. I do pretty well in school and love gym class. I enjoy being a kid and spending time with my family and friends. Diabetes is always there, no matter what I’m doing… even sleeping."

"My family and I have fundraised and participated in the Walk every year, to help the doctors and researchers develop new technology to help all of us living with type 1 lead better, healthier lives. But most of all, to help them find a cure. One day, I won’t be Teagan, type 1 diabetic… I can just be Teagan. Please join me at this year's Walk to raise money and get us one step closer to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes."

Anwar - Age 12 (diagnosed age 4)  Image

Anwar - Age 12 (diagnosed age 4)

"I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) on World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2009. Since that day, my family and I have had to adjust our lives to accommodate for the daily rollercoaster of ups and downs, finger pokes and insulin boluses. Those who know me don’t see T1D. They see a boy with a black belt in taekwondo and whose passion in life is soccer. I would give anything to be a professional soccer player and I do a lot to support this dream. Not only do I play soccer for fun, but also competitively and I participate in soccer clinics to improve and refine my skills. I work hard to manage my T1D so I can focus on what’s important to me."

"JDRF has been a huge supporter throughout this journey and this is why I take part in the Walk every year. I’m proud to be a part of the JDRF family and I’m hopeful that through their research and advocacy efforts a cure to T1D will be found."

Kenadie - Age 12 (diagnosed age 6)  Image

Kenadie - Age 12 (diagnosed age 6)

"My name is Kenadie, I'm 12 years old and I was diagnosed when I was 6. Since my diagnosis, JDRF has supported me and my family in many ways. I am lucky to enjoy an upside to T1D, thanks to JDRF, because they regularly invite me to partner with them to advocate and educate others about type 1 diabetes."

"I have been a youth ambassador with JDRF for their annual Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraiser, and a delegate on Parliament Hill with Kids for a Cure. Helping contribute to the cure by raising money, talking about my experiences with T1D to potential partners and advocating through national campaigns makes me feel really good about myself and helps me not feel so bad about dealing with T1D. Join me at the Walk and let's work together to turn type one into type none."

Paul - Age 68 (diagnosed age 20)  Image

Paul - Age 68 (diagnosed age 20)

"My name is Paul and I have lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for over 48 years. I was diagnosed in June 1970, the same month that JDRF was started in the US by concerned parents of children with T1D. My involvement started in 1974 when JDRF came to Canada. I have fundraised for numerous events, provided operational assistance at events, been a JDRF ambassador, been a mentor to newly diagnosed individuals, and participated in adult peer group sessions. While finding a cure has always been paramount, research supported by JDRF has developed many advances that help all of us living with T1D to better self-manage our condition. I am confident that ultimately a cure will be found and JDRF’s funding of research will have played a key role."

"I Walk for myself and for all of the other people who have T1D. Please join me this year as we Walk to raise money and get one step closer to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes."

Fran - Age 60 (diagnosed age 54) Image

Fran - Age 60 (diagnosed age 54)

"My daughter Jody, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at nine years old. Not only did the diagnosis change her life basically overnight, it changed our family’s life. Counting carbs, planning snacks and meals, constantly checking blood sugars, clinic appointments..."

"A type 1 diagnosis comes without warning and has nothing to do with eating too much sugar or being inactive. As an autoimmune disease, the cause is still unknown and JDRF is our strongest ally when it comes to providing support and information. Their team is dedicated to finding a cure. I have been involved with JDRF as a volunteer and fundraiser since the date of Jody’s diagnosis. Little did I know that at 54 years old, I would be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes! Similar to Jody’s situation, my life changed overnight and now Jody is my advisor and role model for how to manage the day-to-day challenges of this disease. As a doctor and pediatric medical resident, Jody is planning to apply for an Endocrinology fellowship in order to help other youth deal with this diagnosis."

"Together we Walk every year to help JDRF advance the most groundbreaking type 1 diabetes research. JDRF is an ongoing resource for Jody and for me and we are counting on JDRF to turn type one into type none!"