Maddie Elbracht has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 14 month old. She checks her blood sugar at least eight times a day, wears an insulin pump 24/7, and counts the carbs of everything she eats.
"I don't remember a time when I didn't have diabetes," said Maddie.
She said she tries not to let her disease stop her from doing what she enjoys.
"It definitely makes things that I'm involved in harder, like I play soccer and I do archery but if my blood sugar is out of whack my coaches kinda just sit me back because I can't participate," she said.
Her mom said the initial diagnosis was a shock, but she's come a long way.
"[I thought] will I ever be able to go out somewhere and not constantly be thinking of this, but you know time is a teacher and we've had great support.," said Tracie Elbracht.
Maddie and her family have been raising awareness and funding for the disease since her diagnosis and said they feel like they're getting closer.
"I've raised over 30,000 to go straight to research, but I talk to my church I talk to members of my community," said Maddie.
Maddie and 160 other people with type 1 diabetes will be traveling to Washington D.C. for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Children's Congress. There they will advocate and raise money to move closer to a cure.