Sunday, July 14, 2013

Day 2 of JDRF Children's Congress TOWN HALL

I want to highlight some of the amazing celebrities who were at CC13 ....all of these celebs have T1D and gave of their time to come and be incredibly HUGE role models in the lives of our kids....Carson was chosen to ask a question during the TOWN HALL meeting, which was very exciting!!!

Charlie Kimball, Indy Car race car driver, diagnosed with T1D in 2007 and the first licensed driver with diabetes in the history of the IndyCar to race at the highest level of the series.

Mary Mouser, actress known for her role as Lacey Fleming on ABC's Body of Proof and DISNEY channel star in Frenemies...diagnosed with T1D at the age of 13.

Dr. Aaron Kowaiski, JDRF's vice president  and internationally recognized expert in the artificial pancreas project......diagnosed with T1D at the age of 13.

Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999, was diagnosed with T1 in 1993.  Here she is with her diabetic alert  labradoodle  dog...soooo darn cute and he alerted her to a low blood sugar while we were talking to her!

Crystal Bowersox, singer/songwriter and American Idol runner up in season 9....diagnosed at age 6.

Leslie Adkins, journalist and writer, NBC assistant producer for DATELINE...diagnosed with T1D at the age of 5.

Gary Hall, Jr has 10 Olympic medals in swimming and is a member of the Olympic Hall of Fame.  He was diagnosed with T1D at age 24.  Gary was chilling out at the pool one night with the few lucky kids that were there and challenged them to a race!  How many people can say they have raced the fastest swimmer in the world!?

Brian Kenny, sportscaster for MLB Network and Brian Kenny show on NBC sports radio. His daughter, Camille, has T1D

Ray Allen, 10 time NBA All-Star who currently plays for the 2013 NBA Champions, the Miami HEAT. He and his wife, Shannon, are the parents of Wlaker, diagnosed with T1D at 17 months old.  Ray testifyed in the Senate hearing on Wed and was soooo incredibly humble and made us all cry!!!

Jean Smart, Emmy Award-winning television, film and stage actress was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 13.  She is known for her many TV roles including those on Designing Women, 24, Frasier and Samantha Who?  She said some very endearing words to Carson and was so kind and compassionate....I was in tears!  Jean also testifyed at teh Senate hearing about her life with diabetes and was so very effective and well versed!  JDRF could not have picked two better people to testify!

And our favorite little guy, Walker,...Ray and Shannon Allen's little T1D...
not quite tall enough for the unicycle yet, but says he is getting one!!

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