Noah, The Diabetes Dude

Noah was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was just 6 years old after five long months of back and forth appointments and testing for a strange illness that seemed to be making this otherwise active little boy suddenly tired and weak.  

Before Noah was diagnosed with T1D (Type 1 Diabetes), he was an active kid with a lot of friends.  After his diagnosis, other kids started picking on him because of his disease.  They didn't understand why he suddenly had to prick his finger so many times a day, check his blood sugar, and eventually stopped inviting him to birthday parties and get togethers because they assumed he couldn't do the things he used to like play sports, eat birthday cake, etc.  

When Noah was 8 years old, he decided he wanted to start his own diabetes awareness campaign to teach his community about his disease.  He came up with a very unique awareness campaign using blue plastic lawn flamingos, which went viral within two weeks!  You can learn more about his flamingo campaign by checking out our flamingo page.  Noah's face was soon seen on local and national television, newspapers, and national diabetes magazines and he became known, world-wide, as "The Diabetes Dude".

Noah is now 16 years old and with the help of his family, started a nonprofit organization called Type One Positive, which helps other kids dealing with T1D.  He vows to never let another kid with T1D go through what he went through, socially, if he can help it.  He becomes a virtual hand to hold for those kids with T1D who need a friend, keeping in touch with kids from all over the world through email, snail mail, social media, and holding special events throughout the country.  Noah attends biomedical program at a vo-tech school and hopes to one day become a medical researcher.