By: Matt Rothman
Obviously, Jack Rostock is a normal, healthy and active 13 year old boy.
But appearances don’t say everything.
Rostock lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and is insulin dependent after being diagnosed in 2013 just weeks before kindergarten.
He refuses to let T1D slow him down.
After playing on the Parkland Pokers Travel Baseball team for seven years, he is now the starting third baseman and pitcher for Team 14U.
His coaches and teammates are incredibly supportive, reminding him when he needs juice or insulin in training or during a game.
An honor roll student at Westglades Middle School, Rostock excels in the classroom and takes several high school courses.
T1D did not come without challenges and completely changed her life. Rostock had to check his blood sugar with pricks and administer insulin with needles for the first few years.
After better technology, Rostock now monitors his blood sugar and delivers insulin electronically with a continuous glucose monitor and an insulin pump.
âThe management of my diabetes never stops, day or night, but I don’t let it control my life,â said Rostock. âI just have to work harder in school and on the baseball diamond. You can’t let diabetes stop you from living your life and chasing your dreams.
Together with his parents, Scott and Jennifer, and their family, who have lived in Heron Bay for 11 years, they started The Jack Pack, a fundraising team for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual One Walk. (JDRF) organized across the country.
The Jack Pack has raised over $ 70,000 in the last seven walks and hopes to raise an additional $ 10,000 this year for JDRF One Walk, held April 9, 2022 at Nova Southeastern University.
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Matt Rothman graduated in 2018 from Florida Gulf Coast University and received his BA in Journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.