I'M GREATER THAN!
Greater Than’s “WARRIOR of the Week” goes to Eli Vickers from Baxley, Georgia. At 10 years old and in the 5th grade this little southern gentleman has been living with Type 1 since January 19th, 2018. Eli loves spending his days at home having family time with his mom, dad, and spunky aussiedoodle Neya. Diabetes does not stop him from playing Fortnite, shooting hoops, playing board games or from being a good friend to others. Eli loves his supportive school where all his best buds help him keep everything in check by helping him to count carbs, having extra low snacks around and pushing him to continue to do his best. He loves his new Dexcom G6 and is still MDI for now. Eli has future plans to be a diabetic youtuber and incorporate gaming with Type 1 education. Although it's only been 10 months since diagnosis he has fully embraced his new lifestyle by not letting diabetes change who he is. Eli is very passionate about helping to find a cure and just recently on his first World Diabetes Day raised $400 to donate to JDRF by selling homemade blue ribbons. Eli felt if everyone wore one then it would spread awareness and hopefully, even one day save a life.
Even though diabetes is challenging Eli lives and walks by faith. His favorite verse that helps him cope is Ephesians 6:10-11 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil." Eli would like to encourage all living with Type 1 to keep your head up and take it one day at a time.
Keep up the amazing attitude and bravery you show and we will look forward to seeing you as a famous YouTuber spreading that awareness!
Craig Casper over at the Bravest reached out to us a few weeks ago about being a guest on his show! The show is about us sharing our story on Hayden's Type-1 diagnosis, the process we went through, how we felt with it and what we are doing now to contribute. The cuts are still fairly fresh, and the challenges are very real. If you’re a parent of a child with type 1, this will be an important episode for you. Also, if you or someone you know was recently diagnosed, you will certainly gain a lot of perspective from our conversation.