30 Stories of Diabetes Education: Luke Selinger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzdrlRCUOKMLuke Selinger may have diabetes,

but diabetes does not have him!

Luke Selinger, 9, was diagnosed with type one diabetes on April 28, 2012 at the age of 8. Luke has asked many times, 'why me?' to his condition, but he's never complained about T1D or let it stop him for living his life to the fullest and achieving his dreams. Luke attends a small Catholic School in Will County, where he is in the 4th grade. He is a member of the chess club and plans on playing for the basketball team when he reaches the 5th grade.
Take a look at Luke's everyday life and his Legion!

Last spring, out of their love and support for Luke, Holy Family setup a JDRF Walk for the Cure walk at the school. The small school of 300 students raised over $7000.00 for JDRF and diabetes research. Prior to the walk, Luke spoke to his classmates and schoolmates about T1D and what he deals with daily. He also noted that because of his condition, he has been fortunate enough to meet some of his heroes and famous athletes including Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs and Hall of Famer Lou Brock.

Luke plays baseball part-time travel baseball, as well. Luke played in over 50 games last spring and summer. He'll play a little less this year, but his diabetes won't hold him back. His teammates are very accepting of his condition and many of them go out of their way to make sure he drinks enough fluids and that he takes care of himself during games. Baseball is one of Luke's passions.

People have said that Type 1 diabetics are heroes. Luke definitely is. He handles himself so well a lot people who don't know he has T1D are surprised when they find out. He lives by the mantra that he may have diabetes, but diabetes does not have him.

His condition is a part of him, but it won't define him. He has received so much support from his family, friends, teammates, classmates and teachers through his team Luke's Legion that he is considering speaking for JDRF at events about diabetes to educate others. He's learning how lucky he is to be loved and supported my so many. Again, Luke may have diabetes, but diabetes does not have him!