Kaitlyn Harman has been awarded a Diabetes Hope Scholarship to recognize her accomplishments in education, sports and diabetes management.
Kaitlyn, a 17-year-old Ancaster High student, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of seven, and sees it as an opportunity that has made her stronger.
Kaitlyn has acted as a role model for younger children in a number of capacities. She has worked as a tutor, volunteered at various elementary schools, and helped welcome new Grade 8 and 9 students.
She has also volunteered with an organization that provides support for children with disabilities and mental health issues.
As a high school athlete, Kaitlyn has been active on the basketball and track teams.
She hopes to one day become a history teacher, and plans to attend university to study classics.
More than 70,000 children worldwide develop type 1 diabetes each year, according to the International Diabetes Federation.
Type 2 diabetes, previously unheard of in children, is rising at alarming rates, especially among ethnic minorities.
Diabetes Hope Foundation was founded in 1999 to reward, empower, and provide educational resources for youth with diabetes to achieve a life without limits while living with diabetes.
Since 1999, the foundation has awarded 510 scholarships to young adults across the country.
The scholarship rewards youth with diabetes for their vigilance in diabetes care, and their ability to maintain a healthy active lifestyle, while also achieving success in their academic performance and community leadership.