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Ravens rookie tight end Mark Andrews inspires fellow Type 1 diabetics to follow their dreams

Ravens rookie tight end Mark Andrews inspires fellow Type 1 diabetics to follow their dreams

When Mark Andrews was smashing receiving records at Desert Mountain High (Ariz.), he heard from two groups of strangers.

There were the college recruiters who flattered him with praise about all that he could do athletically. And there were the parents who marveled at all he had overcome medically. Andrews was a Type 1 diabetic, just like their children.

“It was something I had to deal with, and I wanted people to know about, and kind of be an inspiration,” the Ravens rookie tight end said recently. “It's something that big to me.”

At age 9, Andrews was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, for which there is no cure. In Type 1 diabetes, the immune system erroneously...

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