Indiana teen voice of millions in diabetes fight

Gwen Woehler visits Washington, D.C.

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana teen is taking on a $200 billion concern.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that 26 million people in the U.S. live with the disease.

Gwen Woehler, 15, was diagnosed at age 5. She's determined to find a cure.

"It was very important for me to get to go because I do want a cure one day," Woehler said. "Diabetes is not fun to live with."

Woehler, along with about 160 more children living with diabetes, got a chance to deliver the message to Congress.

"The feeling is almost indescribable because you go there and you know you're not alone and you know there's other people who are just like you and go through the exact same thing you're going through," Woehler said.

The Roncalli High School sophomore was picked out of thousands to represent Indiana at Children's Congress to advocate for continued funding to fight Type 1 Diabetes.

"No child at the age of 10 should have to worry about loss of eyesight or even have to speak about amputation," said Aimee Woehler, Gwen’s mom.

"Normal teenagers, they worry about school and friends. I always have the added burden of my diabetes on my shoulders always worrying about it. It never goes away," Gwen said.

Still, Gwen is active playing basketball all while constantly monitoring her blood glucose levels.

Gwen said her time with top decision makers and other kids fighting for the same cause gives her hope for herself and the 25.8 million children and adults living with the disease.

"A renewed hope that there would be a cure in my lifetime, that it is coming really soon, and it would be a dream come true. It would probably be one of the best days of my life, and hopefully that day will come," Gwen said.

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