4-year-old boy wants to make a difference for those living with diabetes

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- Living with diabetes is not easy, as a patient's blood sugar goes up and down, and can affect how they feel on a constant basis.

It is tough enough for anybody, especially if they're young. Now, one four-year-old diabetes patient is trying to make a difference, in a very unique way.

Grant Leonard checks his own blood sugar levels these days. His mom, Faith, still remembers when Grant was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Grant was just two at the time and had lost lots of weight.

"I can remember hugging him and tear starting to come, just wiping them away, and I said to him, 'we're going to go on a really big adventure. We're just gonna roll with the punches, and we're going to get this figured out,'" said Faith. She was shocked at the diagnosis, as Type 1 diabetes doesn't run in her family.

Two years after the diagnosis, however, the family now has a system in place.

"Take my insulin, and then when I have another snack, I check my blood sugar again," said Grant.

"We're kind of a family that, we acknowledge that every family has their stuff," said Faith.

While there are tough times, they've also made a lot of friends at JDRF, a non-profit that funds Type 1 Diabetes research.

"I think it's made us stronger, through the process," said Faith.

"We want there to be a cure, so that we, if there was a cure then we wouldn't have to set the timer or do anything like that," said Grant.

At a mall in Chandler, Grant has a lot of roses to hand out. Not unlike the show The Bachelor, he will ask will you accept this rose, and it's all for a great cause. 20% of sales at the Kendra Scott Jewelry store will go to JDRF.

JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
https://www.jdrf.org/