Ken Caryl Middle School student Erin Doyle, daughter of the late Sgt. Patrick Doyle of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Cheryl Doyle, has been selected as one of two Coloradans with Type 1 juvenile diabetes to travel to Washington, D.C., for the biannual JDRF Children’s Congress.
Erin will meet with members of Congress and tell her story and the stories of many other children who have the disease.
Erin was diagnosed with the disease at age 8, one month after her dad’s melanoma cancer diagnosis and two months before saying goodbye to him for the last time. She is the youngest of three children, with older sister Kelly attending Colorado State University and her brother, Bryan, attending Mullen High School.
Erin is a retired Irish dancer who has danced jigs and reels around the country. She has been on local news stations helping others to understand that Type 1 diabetes is very different from Type 2 diabetes. She does not let diabetes slow her down.
Erin wants to include as many Type 1 diabetics like herself in her trip to Washington to show Congress the many faces of people with the disease. The delegates have been asked to assemble a scrapbook by Feb. 18. Erin would like to have a picture with a name and age of a person with Type 1 together with a date of diagnosis and any comments (in writing or by picture) from as many people as she can find.
Send the items to Erin in care of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Attn: Erin Doyle’s Scrapbook, 5613 DTC Parkway, Suite 810, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 by Feb. 6, or download it to her mom, Cheryl, at CDoyle1013@aol.com.