As a nurse, Jessica Hamer was no stranger to type 1 diabetes (T1D) when her 4-year-old son Garrus started showing signs of the disease. She said, “I just kept thinking, it can’t be type 1.” But it was, and Garrus was diagnosed with the disease in the spring of 2017.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 11, Jennifer McVean, MD, had not heard of TrialNet until she began working as a pediatric endocrinologist. Now, as part of the pediatric endocrinology team at University of Minnesota, Dr. McVean is a TrialNet advocate heavily involved in spreading the word about screening and studies.
On the Frontline with the Maguire Family
The Maguire family is united in fighting the war on T1D. To participate in TrialNet research, they travel from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto every 6 months. That's a 7.5-hour drive, often through plenty of snow!
Dana VanBuecken, ARNP, Research Nurse Practitioner, shares why she encourages families to participate in TrialNet
We want to extend our gratitude to all of our TrialNet families. Whether you joined us this month or have been involved for years, thank you for making the decision to participate. You are the most important part of our research team.
When Jadah Schuh first heard about TrialNet screening at a JDRF Walk, she wanted to do it, but there was one problem: the blood draw. Several years and JDRF Walks would go by before, at age 8, she finally got screened at Camp Needlepoint, where her brother, Travis, was attending a T1D camp.
Like many parents, AJ & Emily Eyth were worried about their daughters’ risk to develop type 1 diabetes because AJ lives with the disease. They learned about the TrialNet Pathway to Prevention risk screening offered at the University of South Florida and decided to enroll their daughters, Kacie & Kaley.
Bridget Montgomery’s introduction to type 1 diabetes was when her son, Clifford, was diagnosed in DKA at the age of 6. It was at their initial type 1 diabetes training through Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh that she learned about the opportunity to participate in TrialNet.