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Jay Leeuwenburg

There's no stopping us

There's no stopping us

Former NBA center Chris Dudley was 16 when he exhibited the classic signs of Type 1 diabetes. "I was incredibly thirsty and going to the bathroom all of the time," said Dudley. His uncle, a diabetic, recognized what was going on, and after a home test kit showed Dudley's blood sugar was sky high, he went to the hospital.

"I was scared because I didn't know what diabetes was," recalled Dudley, who went on to play 16 seasons in the NBA. The first question he asked his doctor was if he'd be OK; the second was whether he'd be able to play basketball.

"The doctor said 'yes' and 'yes,'" said Dudley, whose foundation advocates and educates about Type 1...