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In Loving Memory

During National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM), we would be remiss not to honor the lives of the individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) who we have lost. Whether these incredible people lost their battle due to T1D complications, or their lives were lost due to other causes, we hold a place for them in our hearts.

Through the advancements and progress toward cures for T1D, we acknowledge and remember these losses, as well as the unique grief bereaved families and friends experience.

Help us remember these individuals and raise awareness for T1D. Let’s speak about our loved ones, say their names, tell their stories, and keep their memories alive. 

During NDAM and with the help of their families, we remember:

·       Aaron Barrera

·       Lexi DeYoung

·       Mallory Fritz

·       Thomas D. Goodrich

·       Jim Hannigan

·       Juanita Olaopa-Coke

·       Charley Ramm

·       James Page Smith, Jr.

·       Janice Speziale

·       Seth Sugar

·       Jerry Taylor

·       And all the others in our community who we have lost.

If you or someone you know experienced the loss of a loved one and are in need of resources, we invite you to visit the webpage, Jesse-Was-Here or reach out to for support.

If you’d like your loved one to be remembered as part of this tribute, please contact Katrina at

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