Kid of the Week

Brave Me Kid of the Week

November 20 - 27, 2019


Even though she’s only eight, Ariana has a powerful strength that helps her handle life with Type 1 diabetes courageously. She looks forward to going to diabetes camp in the summer where she can do art, go swimming and have a blast on the playground. She said it’s awesome to be with kids who truly understand what life with diabetes is like but she also loves the chance to teach other kids about diabetes as she does so well in the Brave Me video for Type 1. Her best friend Aliyah lives with T1D too, though they bond and laugh together about many wonderful things and are definitely two adorable peas in a pod. Ariana – you remind Brave Me of the saying “Though she may be little, she is fierce!” Your quiet bravery amazes us 😍

"When I grow up, I really want to be a chef and cook healthy meals. You get to learn more about math because you have to measure the right amounts of the ingredients to make it just right. I love to cook with my family and make grits and eggs with my Dad. The bravest person I know is my friend Aliyah! When I’m feeling down, I like to cuddle with my stuffed bear Rufus. He’s been with me over four years.”

Brave Me Kid of the Week

November 13 - 20, 2019


There are so many reasons to honor Ethan as our Brave Me Kid of the Week – one being that he displayed quite a bit of bravery when he had surgery just last week. Luckily, he is recovering quite nicely! Though he’s currently a fifth grader, he is a wonderful young man with an old soul who gives terrific advice and always tries to focus on the positive. Ethan has a promising career ahead of him as a gamer or a YouTube personality and with a smile like that – people won't be able to resist tuning in. Because cold weather is a trigger for his asthma, Ethan is going to stick to life in the sunshine…state that is. You are one awesome kid Ethan. Brave Me wishes you ALL the best!

"I love learning about space and planets during science class. When I have free time, I like watching YouTube and I follow gamers who stream on Twitch or other platforms but I also play football as a running back so I like being competitive. My favorite animal is a lion because they have those cool manes. When it comes to superheroes, Batman is my favorite because when he’s caught up in a situation he always uses his brain to get out of things.”

Brave Me Kid of the Week

November 6 - 13, 2019

Lonnie Lu

Lonnie Lu is such a sweetheart and has gone through way too much for her tender age! Even though she’s only in second grade, she has had three cleft surgeries, two surgeries for apnea and eight scopes/procedures. She and her family have even had to travel to Massachusetts from Florida to see a specialist for her laryngeal cleft. Yet, Lonnie Lu always finds a reason to be happy and enjoy life to the fullest! You should be so proud of how you’ve faced all your medical situations with bravery Lonnie Lu! You will always be Brave Me!

"My favorite subject in school is science because we get to do really cool things. I have a very big dog that I really love named Lincoln. When I need to feel better, my Mommy holds my hand or I watch shows with my sister. The best superhero is Batgirl because she can fly in the night. My favorite color is pink because it is pretty!”