The Southwest Ohio JDRF Chapter Welcomes New Youth Ambassador
The Southwest Ohio Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has selected Delaney Grace Walker from Loveland, Ohio, to be a member of the JDRF Youth Ambassador Program. Walker not only has to overcome the struggles of having type 1 diabetes but goes above and beyond by being a committed partner to JDRF and their outreach programs. “Walker’s positive outlook and over 20 hours of community outreach service makes JDRF proud to name her as one of the 18 chosen to be a Youth Ambassador.”
Walker is in 9th grade at Loveland High School. She has been living with type 1 diabetes since being diagnosed at the age of 4. When asked about living with diabetes,she said, “I have lived with diabetes for 10 years now and I'm only 14. Type 1 diabetes is a part of me and "my normal". I always pray for a cure so that I can go back to actual normal and not have to constantly worry about carbs, blood sugar, and changing infusion sites.”
The Youth Ambassador Program was created to empower children with type one diabetes by giving them the opportunity to provide diabetes education to the public while helping JDRF and Southwest Ohio Chapter by representing the organization and providing diabetes awareness.
Walker will be providing health education throughout the community to raise support and awareness of type 1 diabetes. She may speak to businesses, schools, and hospitals, as well as participate in JDRF sanctioned outreach events. The Youth Ambassadors have a positive outlook on life and diabetes, and also play key roles in the Walk to Cure Diabetes, The Cincinnatians of the Year Gala and Dayton’s Summer Soiree. Other requirements for Youth Ambassadors are to write personal thank you letters to JDRF’s sponsors and donors.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. For more information about the JDRF Youth Ambassador Program, please visit their web site, or call the office at 513-793-3223.