Isaac Hauser is sporting the shirt he and his team will be wearing at the Rochester 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes on May 18.  If you would like to join Isaac’s team or would like to purchase a shirt contact Amy and Steve Hauser at stevenamyhauser@gmail.com.
Isaac Hauser is sporting the shirt he and his team will be wearing at the Rochester 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes on May 18. If you would like to join Isaac’s team or would like to purchase a shirt contact Amy and Steve Hauser at stevenamyhauser@gmail.com.
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What were you doing when you were 9 years old?

I bet you weren't giving yourself shots or monitoring your blood glucose levels throughout the day. And you probably wouldn't think twice about going out for ice cream with your friends. But that is reality for Isaac Hauser of Spring Valley, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) last year. Now he is taking the disease head on and hoping to raise awareness and money for diabetes research while he's at it.

Isaac is competing in the "Our Everyday Heroes" racecar design contest for JDRF, a global organization spearheading research funding for T1D, and hosted by Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers.

Over 50 youths ages 5 to 18 from around the United States, who themselves are living with T1D, are competing in the contest while simultaneously raising funds with each vote.

"I encouraged him to do the car design contest because of his love of art. It was a way for him to do something he likes and raise awareness about a disease that kids like him just shouldn't have to deal with," Isaac's mother, Amy Hauser, explained.

Isaac is the sole representative of Minnesota in the contest and is hoping he can win the chance to attend the Mile High NHRA National this year in Denver to see a funny car driven by legendary racer John Force sporting his paint scheme.

According to Steve Hauser, Isaac's father, all the money Isaac and his family raise will go toward their team, The I-Team, through donations for the Rochester 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes on May 18.

Isaac has been living with T1D since being rushed by ambulance to Saint Marys pediatric intensive care unit on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

There he was diagnosed with Diabetic Ketoacidosis, a term quite unfamiliar to the Hauser family.

The family spent days in the hospital alongside Isaac. He was not allowed to leave until he was able to test himself and his parents understood how to inject the insulin, detect signs of low blood glucose levels and how to plan for his meals.

Even his brother, Zachary, and sister, Katelyn, help Isaac with his testing and shots.

According to JDRF's website, T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. At this time there is no cure for T1D.

On Nov. 7, 2013, Isaac was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, meaning his body cannot handle gluten, which can be found in wheat, barley and rye.

Though his life now depends on daily injections of insulin and monitoring what he eats, Isaac continues to amaze his family with the maturity and optimism he has shown in handling his diagnosis and how he has adapted to his new lifestyle.

"He has not let it slow him down and continues to participate in all the activities he did before, with just a little less freedom," they noted, "All activities now include taking a back pack full of supplies 'just in case' as you don't want to be unprepared for a low blood glucose level while playing basketball or biking into town."

Isaac admits one of the hardest changes has been watching what he eats; he can no longer plow through a meal like most growing boys. He misses a lot of his old favorite foods like Toaster Strudels, but at least he can still eat his beloved tacos!

It's clear Isaac and his family have been through a rough year, but all of them have come through it braver, tougher and, most importantly, together making them all everyday heroes.

You can vote for Isaac's paint scheme by donating through his contest page, http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk-Blueprint/JDRFNational?px=9033587&pg=personal&fr_id=3776.

For more information on T1D and warning signs check out https://jdrf.org/about-jdrf/fact-sheets/type-1-diabetes-facts/.