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Community Highlight: Lena Malott

Community is a big word that means a lot of things to a lot of people, but who is often swept under the rug are some of our most valuable members, our youth! 

Lena Malott is a 9-year old girl from Wilmington, a student at WCS, a player in the youth soccer recreational league, and a friend to everyone in town. While she shares her infectious smile and big personality with those around her, she is also an passionate advocate for herself and others living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Diagnosed at the age of 2-years-old, Lena has never let her T1D define who she is or who she will become. Telling those who ask about her insulin pump, that it’s just a part of her that makes her unique. She stands up and holds her hand out to people newly diagnosed to guide the way to a great life ahead, so that they can learn to manage and thrive instead of being bogged down by negativity.

She feels that sharing knowledge about T1D and the impacts it has had on her life keeps her motivated and inspired to keep sharing her story with everyone.

When asked about what makes Wilmington feel like home, Lena said “I love my school and all the people I know in town. It helps me feel safe here.” She wants people to know that kids can still make change because it is important to make the world a kinder and more loving place for everyone.

When she is not out being a friend to her community, Lena enjoys spending time at home with her mom, dad, two sisters, and small “zoo of pets”. Lena is also a big fan of Pokemon, youth soccer, video games, and spending time with her babysitters.

People who know Lena, see a child with so much love and curiosity—a truly wonderful addition to our community!



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