My name is Dylan Parsons and I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes on September 2, 2000. Being diagnosed at 7 years old was a difficult change in my life for myself, friends and family when I growing up. Spending time with friends, going to birthday parties or being around other people that didn’t understand my disease was a big challenge for me. While I was in high school, managing my diabetes helped me take responsibility and accountability for my life at a younger age as I pursued new opportunities. Being an overnight camper and camp counselor at the ADA’s Camp Needlepoint in Hudson, WI for over 10 years has also make a huge impression on my life and has ultimately defined who I am and my future.
Today, I am a college student, I wear a pump, and I participate in Step Out: the Walk to Stop Diabetes every year at General Mills in Golden Valley. My team, “Dylan’s Day” consists of myself and my mother and we work together to raise money for the cause to eventually cure Diabetes. I am really appreciative of the support my family gives me. Someday I hope to experience this historical milestone that will prevent the future complications and medical diagnosis that impacts as many as 1 in 3 people today. To register for the Stillwater Walk, visit www.diabetes.org/twincities. Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to seeing you at the walk on Saturday, September 27, 2014.