May 2015- Kyle in front of Washington DC WW2 memorial, 2 weeks after diagnosis. "Embarking on the great crusade" led me to found KCC.
Dear Representative Wittman:
I would like to attend the 2017 Diabetes Children’s Congress. I am in the 8th grade, and I was diagnosed with T1D on April 27, 2015, about 1.5 years ago. It all started when I was in 6th grade. I was feeling sick a lot, and was always very thirsty. My mom took me to the doctor’s office, and that’s where I was diagnosed. An ambulance then took me to the hospital where I got a shower of needles and lots of insulin. The doctors took good care of me, but then the most terrible news came to me that would change my life forever. Because I had T1D, I could not join the Navy and I could not attend the Naval Academy.
Ever since I was 5 years old I always wanted to serve my country by joining the Navy and attending the Naval Academy, just like my father, and just like my grandfather. Unfortunately, the Navy and the Naval Academy don’t admit Type-1 diabetics! I was crushed. I did not know what to do with my life. I sometimes cried for hours. Other times, it seems as if I was withdrawn from life entirely. I was staying up in my room for hours reading books, hoping that the bad dream would end and I would wake up cured. Then, a miracle happened. I read “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking is one of the world’s most famous theoretical physicists. Somehow, he did his amazing research on Black Holes and the origin of the universe while having ALS. Eventually, he had to be assisted with a wheelchair and a nurse all day. He could not even talk without the help of a machine. Even though he had a very bad disability, he did great things for the world. This is why he inspired me to not give up on my dreams. So, now my career choices are to be a theoretical physicist, a diabetic research scientist, an archeologist or a Secret Service Special Agent.
The coxswain in a crew boat is the leader of the boat. His job is to steer the boat and give the rowers orders. But, the most important part of being a coxswain is to motivate and inspire the rowers. But, what does it mean to be a leader? Does it mean to lead thousands of troops into battle like Napoleon or Julius Caesar? I don’t know. What I do know is that to be a leader and to do great things you have to be like a coxswain and steer the boat in the right direction, make sure the men are doing what they are supposed to do, and most importantly motivate and inspire them. So, my new career choices require me to be a leader, just like I wanted to be in the Navy. I have been preparing to be a coxswain in crew for the past 5 years to help me get accepted by the Naval Academy. I am very short, but also very strong. I can do almost 20 chin-ups! Now, I am hoping to be a crew coxswain for another school like MIT, Harvard or Duke.
So, Representative Wittman, I would like to attend the JDRF Children’s Congress because I think it will help me become a better leader so that I can inspire other diabetics to never give up on their dreams.
A house can be rebuilt and a T1D can even be President... but only if he is alive!
Kyle was the Keynote Speaker at this conference. 1,500 attendees; May 18, 2019; Woodbridge, VA
Preparation for Keynote Speech at PWCS Global Leadership Conference; May 18, 2019; Woodbridge, VA
Keynote Speech; Unfortunately, I do not yet have a copy of the entire 15 minute speech. See the Downloads Section for a written copy (with pictures) of the speech.
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