Featured Member: Grace Sheppard
JDRF has been a part of Grace Sheppard’s life since she was handed a Rufus bear after her type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis at age 11. Since then, she has been a Youth Ambassador and active volunteer at galas, walks, and diabetes camps. Getting involved is important to her. “JDRF has always allowed me to be a part of a community of others who are just like me, she said. “When you’re faced with a challenge such as T1D, the community is truly priceless.”
Grace currently attends UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in psychology with a minor in neuroscience. She also works in the neuroscience unit at UNC Hospital. She hopes to work in pediatric healthcare, advocating for children who can’t always speak for themselves.
In addition to her passion for healthcare, Grace is also passionate about using her voice to raise awareness about a disease that is oftentimes invisible. “It is so important to keep advancing our technology and government support,” she said. “These advancements are the only way to one day turn type 1 into type none!”