mickaylaMickayla Irwin first learned about Kids With Courage at an event only a few short weeks after her diagnoses in 2012. Being diagnosed at age 17, Mickayla remembers the emotional and mental toll that her new lifestyle brought to both herself and her parents. As a young adult in the Type 1 Community, Mickayla is eager to raise awareness of the emotional toll that a diagnosis can bring to a new T1D and their family. Mickayla is extremely passionate about the unique mission of Kids With Courage, the personal relationships with, T1D and experience all the of the members bring to this organization. Mickayla is looking forward to sharing her creative thoughts and energy to bring awareness to a cause very meaningful to her.

What I do at Kids With Courage:
I work alongside Daphna to develop and execute new event ideas, maintain social media and web content, review written materials, generate new relationships for sponsorship’s, promote fundraising events and pretty much whatever is asked of me! I have a lot of new creative ideas for the organization and I enjoy working closely with Daphna to bring them to life!

What I like most about being involved with KWC:
My favorite thing about Kids With Courage and the drive behind my passion for this organization is that it fixes the “right now” struggles that accompany being diagnosed and living with Type 1. While I’m extremely thankful for any fundraising efforts to find a cure, KWC is creating a positive, happy and healthy mindset around type one, right now. KWC has a truly one of a kind mission. Also, I was 17 years old when Kids With Courage touched my life. I have a personal connection to KWC and can accredit much of my own strengthen and bravery to this organization.

If I could meet one person from the past or present, who would it be and why?
If I could meet any one person, I would choose Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen has faced a lot of trails and hardships in her own life but has never used her own struggles as an excuse to be hurtful to others. I think that’s something we should all live by.

Place I would love to travel:
Iceland

What are your hobbies?
I like social media a lot, hammock’ing, playing guitar, hiking, adventuring around Kansas City, eating pizza and spending time with my dog, Bennett.

Many people would be surprised if they knew
I… used to be a DJ. That and I know so many song it’s surprising to me