Sáin has been a youth ambassador for JDRF for a couple years. Here's her speech from last weeks Beat the Bridge kick off at PACCAR. (it makes me proud when I see her fighting for a cure!):
Hi my name is Sáin and I am 8 years old. On April 5th 2005 I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I was only 5 years old. The doctors told my mom that if she’d waited 12 more hours I might not have survived. I had to spend a week at Children’s Hospital. It was scary. Since diagnosis I have had over 5000 insulin shots and almost 10,000 finger pokes. I have also been to the emergency room 2 times and missed over 50 days of school (but I am still an honor student.) In January I switched to an insulin pump. Now I don’t have to have as many shots but I have to test a lot and have to change my infusion set every 2 to 3 days. This will be our 4th year doing beat the bridge. Every year we raise money to help find a cure for me and other people like me. Companies like Paccar help raise a lot of money for us and I really appreciate it. Thank you for helping us find a cure. It really means a lot to me.