Young adults benefit from connecting with peers at Students with Diabetes National Conference

Posted on August 24, 2012 by The Patterson Foundation

For Paige Wagner, being a young adult with Type 1 diabetes isn’t something to lament. It’s something to embrace and an opportunity to show the world that people with diabetes can do great things. This spirit was evident throughout the inaugural Students with Diabetes National Conference in Tampa this summer.

A program of USF Health’s Bringing Science Home – a partnership between The Patterson Foundation and USF Health – Students with Diabetes was established to give young adults ages 18-30 the social support needed to thrive while living their lives with the chronic condition. 

“Whatever the cards you’re dealt, you’re going to play your hand,” said Wagner, a Type 1 since 1996. “I think people with diabetes who really accept it do amazing things.” 

The conference featured keynote speaker Phil Sutherland, founder of Team Type 1, a professional cycling team made up of people with diabetes who raise awareness about the chronic condition. In addition to Sutherland’s remarks, young adults were treated to breakout sessions on advances in diabetes technology, special considerations for diabetics who exercise and more.

Information is available for the 2013 Students with Diabetes Conference that will be held at USF in Tampa May 31-June 2. Click here for more information


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