Nick Jonas Inspires Both Journalists and Kids with Diabetes

Nick Jonas' dog tag program launched in November 2008, it has raised $75,000 for the Jonas Brothers’ Change for the Children Foundation.

Sep 5, 2009

Nick Jonas is only 16 years old, but he's already been a pop star for years. He's also had type 1 diabetes for nearly four of those years. When he spoke to journalists at the National Press Club recently, he was one of the youngest guests ever invited to speak there.

Nick told the audience that before he was diagnosed with type 1, he didn't know anything about it and had never met anybody else with diabetes. That's all changed now, however. Young people with diabetes are among his most passionate fans, and he has even written an inspiring song, "A Little Bit Longer," to share his experience with the disease.

"So many fans with diabetes from all over the world share their stories and thank me for being an inspiration to them," Nick told the journalists in a press release. "It's important for them to know that they motivate and inspire me as well."

Nick went on to talk about his own journey with diabetes and why he embraces the role of diabetes ambassador. "I'm lucky to have a great support system in my family," he said, "as well as the tools I need to manage my diabetes properly. By speaking publicly about my experience, I hope to increase diabetes awareness, encourage diabetes education, and help fundraising for research and other programs for kids with diabetes. "

As part of his efforts, Nick and his brothers, Kevin and Joe, started the Jonas Brothers' Change for the Children Foundation. Through the foundation, they donate funds to pediatric diabetes research, education, and treatment.  He also has a website with Bayer Diabetes Care,, that helps raise awareness about diabetes. He told the Press Club, however, that much more needs to be done, and he asked for their help.  "The more you report about diabetes," he said, "the more people will know."

One way to spread the word about diabetes might be to buy a dog tag. Nick and Bayer have created special dog tags that come with a medical alert for people with diabetes or without the alert for people interested in supporting the cause. The dog tags are available at for a donation of $5, half of which goes to the Jonas Brothers' Change for the Children Foundation. Since the dog tag program launched in November 2008, it has raised $75,000 for the foundation's good works.

Source: Bayer Diabetes.

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Posted by Anonymous on 4 September 2009

Thank you to Nick for all he does to education people about diabetes and to raise funds for research. Some members of our family have type 1 diabetes and he truly does inspire us.

Posted by robtype1 on 5 September 2009

Dear Nick,

Thank you for being such a great supporter of this disease. My son robbie is 8 yrs old and was diagnosed in june 2006 at age 5. My mom helps me with checking his blood sugar in the night because he is a real heavy sleeper. In the beginning it was really difficult to figure out carbs and amounts of insulin, but since then I feel that it has gotten a little easier. I think it is really awesome that you have handled this disease with great stride. It makes me feel better about my son and that he will be okay when he is your age. Not that I want him to there anytime soon. Anyway, keep up the good job you are doing with your diabetes, singing and the disney channel show. I have great respect for you and what you are doing.

Thank you
Mom of robtype1

Posted by Anonymous on 7 September 2009

I never understood how much of an impact Nick could have. I knew he did fundraising efforts and spoke openly. However, when I took my 10 year old daughter, dx at 21 months, and 7 year old twins to the Jonas Bro. concert, I have a whole new respect for Nick. His speech and candor about his diagnosis left my oldest and I in tears and extremely movitated to continue our efforts to support JDRF. He really is an inspiration to many and now particularly, our family. We love you Nick! Thanks for being so open, honest and encouraging to many about diabetes. I know the rewards of changing lives that are impacted by the disease as I did a complete career change to help educate others diagnosed and manage it in a better way. Now if we could just get you to change to a different pump company ;)

Thanks! Keirsten, mom to Alexandria

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