Keeping it straightforward, nine-year old Tristan Cayolle says, “I support the Walk because I want to help find a cure.” He has been walking with his family, calling themselves Team Tristan Cayolle, for several years since he was diagnosed with T1D.
Team Tristan Cayolle is grateful to everyone who comes to the Walk to support their cause each year. The team gets very energized as the big day approaches, excited to see everyone there for Tristan. His mother, Kristina says, “It’s not just Walk day for us. It’s Tristan’s day to be the star.” She is very proud of her son who rarely complains about the daily multiple finger pricks and management of T1D. So, for Team Tristan Cayolle, the Walk is also a celebration of his bravery.
Besides having fun that day, Tristan says, “It’s important to raise money so that scientists can do their research and cure my diabetes.” The team works hard to fundraise each year and is always motivated by friends, family and co-workers who are willing to donate so generously. They will keep walking until a cure is found.
Reflecting on what it means to be a hero, Kristina says, “My definition of a hero is someone brave like Tristan who has to endure a life with diabetes with such a positive attitude.”