Luke Sarver, 12, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, a sixth-grader at Ohio Connections Academy, volunteers in a variety of ways to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes and support those with the condition. “Since my younger brother has Type 1 diabetes, I know just how hard it is,” said Luke. “It impacts our entire family and I knew I wanted to help people like [him].” After his brother was diagnosed, Luke’s mother founded a diabetes nonprofit, and Luke eagerly signed on to help with the group’s many activities.
Over the past five years, Luke has assisted with bimonthly meetings, and helped staff a booth at an annual conference of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has volunteered each year at a day camp for 20-30 kids with Type 1 diabetes, making sure they feel welcome and have all the supplies they need. He has helped conduct fundraisers that have generated more than $22,000 for diabetes causes, including serving food at a benefit dinner and at a motorcycle event. In addition, Luke has promoted public awareness of Type 1 diabetes by speaking on a radio show, helping to make a video for social media, participating in informational fairs, and posting fliers at organizational events. Luke’s volunteer work, he says, “can bring some kindness to the world and even possibly save a life by raising awareness of the seriousness of Type 1 diabetes.”