Middleton student shares hope for cure on World Diabetes Day

Published: Nov. 14, 2017 at 10:17 PM CST
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Tuesday is World Diabetes Day.

Lili Roden is an 8th grader at the Kromrey Middle School and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was just five years old. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas produces little or no insulin. It is seen in both kids and adults. Right now, there is no cure. Lili says she doesn't let it define her.

"It's hard not to think about it 24/7 with all the things I have to face but I am in a lot of ways like everyone else. I do have to think about it before a lot of things I do but it doesn't mean I can't do them," said Roden.

"I just want her to feel and all of our students that have type one diabetes that we're here for you. We'll do whatever we can. If you're not feeling well, we'll make sure we get you to the health office. We're always here to make sure that you are able to perform the best that you can," said Health Teacher Heidi O’Connor.

Last summer, Lili went to Washington D.C. part of JDRF's Children's Congress to meet with representatives, encouraging funding or research.

is a non-profit that works towards a world without type one diabetes by funding research.