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Cool Kid with diabetes spreads awareness

February 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Cool Kid Alex Morrison has had type 1 diabetes for the majority of his life and uses his experience to help others. For most of his life, Cool Kid Alex Morrison has been dealing with type 1 diabetes. To help people and the organization, he has been volunteering at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

"I don't want people to feel the same things I've gone through and I want to make it easier for kids who are getting it," said Alex. "Maybe helping out in the office, do whatever they need to do to locate those resources on finding the cure."

In addition to working in the office, Alex finds time to go out in the community to inform and clear up misconceptions about juvenile diabetes especially in terms of forbidden foods.

"That's not the truth at all. I can eat whatever I want. I just have to be a little more careful with what I eat and testing my blood sugar. Basically, I'm just like everyone else. I can do whatever they can do. It's just a normal life," said Alex.

When his younger brother was diagnosed, Alex felt even stronger about spreading the word about juvenile diabetes.

"It's one of the fastest growing diseases in the nation," said Alex. "With my brother, that even proves it can happen to anyone. I feel I need to urge people to be more aware."

His diabetes has required him to know so much at an early age. Alex sees that as information he can share with others.

"With the help of my mom, I had to learn it from the beginning. And then me helping someone else out, it means a lot to know that they're not going to have to suffer as much," said Alex.

Turning obstacles into opportunities, he is our Cool Kid, Alex Morrison.