Manhattan Beach Teen Meets Nick Jonas

Type 1 diabetes brings them together on talk show “The Doctors”

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Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers band

May 8, 2009

Rachel Humphrey, a Manhattan Beach, CA, teenager with type 1 diabetes, was granted her biggest wish (well, almost) when she came face to face with her hero, Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. Rachel, 13, was selected to appear on the number 1 new syndicated talk show, "The Doctors," but she had no idea that she would meet Nick Jonas on the set! The segment, titled Giving is Good Medicine, will air on Friday, May 8th.

The plan began when the show's producers contacted the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF), the organization that hosted the Carnival for a Cure event in New York City in 2007, where Nick first revealed he has type 1 diabetes. They were in search of a young girl with diabetes who is also a huge fan of the Jonas Brothers. Chosen for her outgoing personality and eagerness to be a positive role model for other kids with the disease, Rachel, who was excited about that opportunity in and of itself, planned to use the experience to spread the word to kids like her that "there is support out there and you are not alone."

While filming the segment, one of the show's expert co-hosts, Dr. Travis Stork, shocked her with the news that Nick Jonas heard her story and wanted to meet her. Feeling like the luckiest girl in the world, Rachel, along with her mother, Susan, was whisked away in a limo, emerging at a Hollywood studio where the Jonas Brothers were in the midst of a photo shoot. After Nick entered the room where she was anxiously waiting, they shook hands, sat down on a couch and began discussing their personal experiences about being diagnosed with the disease and its day to day management.

To her delight, Nick gave Rachel a necklace inscribed with the words, "A Little Bit Longer and I'll be Fine," which are the lyrics to a hit Jonas Brothers song.  She put it around her neck immediately, knowing that it will serve as a constant reminder of their shared moment - and their hope for a cure.  Rachel is looking forward to watching her television debut and is crossing her fingers that other kids with diabetes will be just as inspired by Nick's message as she was.

"I could relate to him so easily," Rachel said after spending ten minutes engrossed in conversation with her idol.  "He has three brothers and I have three sisters, so we both have a strong support network.  Yet we -even Nick -- still get down sometimes."

A girl who loves playing softball and going to the beach, Rachel felt like diabetes had put her life on hold after her diagnosis on January 30, 2007, at age 11. That was just a few months before Nick made his own announcement in March. Rachel remembers her friends shrieking in disbelief, "He is going through the same thing you are!" Before that, the 13-year-old had been a fan of Jonas Brothers, but when she realized Nick was working so hard to advocate for the cause they now shared, he became her role model.

"I went in [to the show] just wanting to help educate others about type 1 diabetes, and I came out meeting a superstar," Rachel said, gushing about her experience filming the segment.  "Hopefully, with his popularity, we can spread awareness and bring in enough donations to help researchers find a cure."

Tune in Friday, May 8, to watch Nick and Rachel on "The Doctors" and visit www.thedoctorstv.com  for your local affiliate listings.

About the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation

The mission of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now. The Diabetes Research Institute, a center of excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet transplantation. The DRI is now building upon these achievements by bridging cell-based therapies with emerging technologies to restore insulin production. For the millions of families already affected by diabetes, the Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure. Visit www.diabetesresearch.org or call 800-321-3437 for more information.

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Posted by Anonymous on 11 May 2009

Sweet...

Posted by Anonymous on 15 May 2009

your so hot...i have a boyfriend but you out blow him...lol.keep singing no matter what happens to you and your life..your a star and a hero to me and my friends

Posted by Anonymous on 18 May 2009

I think Nick Jonas is really strong not to let his diabetes slow him down.

Posted by briah on 31 May 2009

i think that was nice of them to let Rachel meet Nick. I bet they feel much better knowing that there is someone out there other than them going threw the same thing. That was nice of Nick to give Rachel the neckalas too!

Posted by Anonymous on 3 June 2009

he A good example for kid and it good that he keep a up and never gave up and that is why he my hero and inspiration

Posted by diabeticman on 17 June 2009

i love you even thow i am a boy but i have type 1 diabetes

Posted by Anonymous on 18 September 2009

hi...well rachel your one lucky girl. nick jonas is definatly my hero also. my brother and i are both type one diabeteics and it is my dream to meet nick jonas. i wanna organize a walk/run for diabetes because most people blow off the symptoms. diabetes is becoming more common. i am 13 years old. diabeteas is a struggle. my brother and i both have to be careful and deal with the daily challenges just like evey diabeteic. i would love to be like you and meet nick jonas and help people be more aware.
_avree sheren

Posted by aveT1diabetic on 18 September 2009

nick your a very strong person and i admire you. rachel your ine lucky girl! lol well my younger brio and i are type 1 diabetics.. we play all kinds of sports. im in volleyball right now and i dont let diabetes slow me down. nick when i hear about your story it keeps me movin and groovin lol. im 13 yrs old and i have big dreams of hepling to find a cure. well a little bit longer and we will all be fine!!
-avree sheren type 1 diabetic


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