Miss Missouri Pre-Teen Abbie Mueller joined volunteers in the fight against Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes before heading to the National Pageant in November. She greeted participants in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk To End Type One in St. Louis, Missouri. Abbie met walkers of all ages, especially T1D patients who wore blue bandanas, by welcoming them to the event and encouraging them to stay after the walk for the post-event party.
She also greeted walkers at the finish line with celebration bells and directed them to the party. Event coordinators advised that the volunteer efforts helped to direct over 20,000 participants to the party, a significant increase from last year’s attendance. One of Abbie’s friends and walk participant Ashley (who also happens to be a former NAM competitor) is a T1 diabetic who wears a continuous blood glucose monitor, so Abbie has learned much about the daily efforts that go into the management of T1D. Enjoy these photos of Abbie in action at the event!