Best of luck to Berrie Center patient Caitlyn Carr, 18, who heads to Lafayette College in just a few weeks. Caitlyn is a recipient of the 2019 Diabetes Scholars Award for students living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and she could not be more excited for her journey from Staten Island, New York to Easton, Penn.
Caitlyn was diagnosed with diabetes at age 7. She admits that living with T1D can be “irritating”, but also credits her diagnosis with changing her life for the better. “Diabetes has encouraged me to get into public speaking,” she said. “Before my diagnosis I was painfully shy and terrified to speak in public. Now I talk about my life with T1D at walks, events, and I was even interviewed by CBS News.”
As a student at St. Joseph Hill Academy in Staten Island Caitlyn had both a perfect average and perfect attendance. Outside of school, you can find her on the volleyball court or drawing and spending time with friends. At Lafayette Caitlyn hopes to pursue something arts-related, “perhaps in film or media.”
Caitlyn utilizes a continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump to maintain tight control of her diabetes. Her recommendation to others who want to be Diabetes Scholars is to stay focused. “Make sure your A1c is just as good as your school average,” she said. “Colleges will take notice of that.”
Caitlyn applied online for the Diabetes Scholar award and was thrilled to be selected. She is among more than 50 students with T1D from around the country to benefit from the scholarship program in 2019. A group of diabetes-related corporations and philanthropies fund the scholarships.
“I am extremely proud of Caitlyn,” said Caitlyn’s pediatric endocrinologist Rachelle Gandica. “She is a role model and I look forward to seeing her shine in college.”