“For a lot of people, this is hell. It’s not pleasant. But you can have a really great impact on this by making life better for millions of people.”
IVY Member Andrew Mika was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11 years old. The disease, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the body stops producing insulin — the hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.
Over the years, Mika learned how to care for himself: how to measure his blood sugar, administer insulin, and fight back against a disease that currently has no known cure.
Now, Mika is committed to creating a world without Type 1 diabetes. In this installment of Driven, he tells the inspiring story of how the disease has sparked newfound resilience in the boxing ring; fueled his groundbreaking work as the President of the JDRF’s Young Leadership Committee in NYC; and brought him to Congress to advocate for the Special Diabetes Program, which has led to the largest breakthroughs in technology and medicine in the disease since insulin was discovered in 1921.
IVY Member Andrew Mika is Driven.