Meet Our Warriors

Transcend Warrior – Ken Monahon

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on May 20, 1996. Diabetes runs in the family. I had increased thirst and constant dry mouth along with fatigue. I used an insulin pump for a few years, but back on shots now (Novolog and Lantis). This disease will not beat me, I will beat it!

Transcend Warrior – Tommy Short

I was 9 when diagnosed and lead a pretty private life with regard to T1D. Today, I’m the coach for the Kansas City area Ride to Cure cycling team and do everything I can to raise money, awareness and fitness levels to prove that T1 does not have to limit what we can do.

Transcend Warrior – Basma Adams

My story is quite a long one – but it’s made me into who I am today. I’ve lived with type one for 19 years now, and I first got started in advocacy and public speaking when I was 10 years old with my local American Diabetes Association. In 2014, I became the ADA’s National […]

Transcend Warrior – Colleen Farrell-Chacon

I have been type 1 diabetic for over 27 years. I was diagnosed when I was 5 years old. A few weeks after my 5th birthday, and a few weeks before I began Kindergarten. I missed over 100 days of Kindergarten, but that didn’t hold me back, and nothing else has stopped me since! My […]

Transcend Warrior – Spencer Thomas

I’m 29 with 4 kids. 3 girls and a baby boy. I choose not to let being Type 1 define me and prove to my kids and people around me daily that just because I live with this disease it doesn’t define me and I won’t let it stop me from living life to its […]

Transcend Warrior – Kellie K Blanco

I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 3 months pregnant. Very scary situation. I was told I should consider aborting my son. Not happening I said. I was very sick and running very high blood sugars. I guess I was in denial. I was in denial. But faced with caring for another life, I got […]

Transcend Warrior – Anna Sabatini

I was diagnosed in January of 2019 in DKA. I spent a week in the ICU away from my daughter, who is my motivation to fight this illness every day. I don’t let this disease stop me, we travel, we cook, and we live out every day. This diagnosis has encouraged me to live a […]

Transcend Warrior – Grace Marciski

I was diagnosed mid hockey season when I was nine, and the first thing I did while sitting in my hospital room was map out how many days until my next hockey tournament. When the doctor asked if me or my parents had questions, my parents didn’t have a chance to say anything before I […]

Transcend Warrior – Erika Croft

I make the conscious decision every day when I wake up to not let Type 1 hold me back from doing the things that I love. Diabetes can be frustrating and it can be complicated, but it is a part of me and has shown me how strong I can be. You only get one […]

Transcend Warrior – Evan Smith

My name is Evan and I live in the UK. I was diagnosed with Diabetes 3 years ago, just before I turned 10. The first thing my parents did when we’d had our training from the hospital was book a holiday. Diabetes was not going to stop me from having fun, traveling and seeing the […]

Transcend Warrior – Joshua Hale

I was diagnosed at the age of 21 after getting back from Iraq. This diagnosis was the reason for my discharge from the Army. I was put on shots and that made it difficult for me to control my sugar and took away from the time I could spend outdoors camping and fishing. After getting […]