Kearstyn Cotten is a spunky sixth grader that is new to Polaris this year. She is super excited to be a Polarian, and if you ask her what she likes the best, she'll tell you "everything!" Kearstyn loves to write stories, create short movies, and is a champion archer. Her biggest passion, however, is advocating for those living with Type 1 Diabetes because she lives with it herself. Kearstyn was diagnosed with T1D when she was 6 years old. Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disease where your pancreas no longer produces insulin. Kearstyn tests her blood sugar about 10 times a day and monitors what she eats so she can dose insulin through her pump. Without doing these things every single day, Kearstyn could suffer dire health consequences. Part of Kearstyn's role as an advocate is to help raise funds for the American Diabetes Association. She and her family would love to see you at the DeFeet Diabetes Trail Run wearing blue. Kearstyn's family has helped, and received help from, the local ADA for the past five years and knows first hand how awesome they are. Any donation above the registration fee stays in Alaska to help the local ADA help families living with diabetes day in and day out.
Kearstyn was happy to be placed in Coach Damon's Advisory. Damon is also a Type 1 Diabetic and continues to be a positive role model for all students to live an active and healthy lifestyle.
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