CONCORD – Twin sisters from Amherst were recently honored as a “Champion Child/Outstanding Adolescent” at a state-wide event honoring young people who overcome serious, chronic health conditions. Abaigeal and Madelyn Conway, high school juniors, were nominated by Souhegan High School Nurse Denise Raymond for their spirit and resilience and then selected by the State Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions. She wrote in her nomination:
“While dealing with the daily challenges of being a teenager with Type 1 insulin dependent diabetes, they focus on rigorous coursework by taking on the honors challenges. Abaigeal and Madelyn have strong academic ability and leadership in the classroom. They are self-directed, kind, caring, and motivated. Abby was diagnosed with Type 1 insulin dependent diabetes at the tender age of 4 years old. Her twin, Maddy, ten years later, was diagnosed with Type 1 insulin dependent diabetes at the age of 14 years. They are Junior Squad Leaders with Riding on Insulin. This is a program that empowers kids with Type 1 to live healthy, active lifestyles all while managing Type 1. Both are “Prizewinner” level Irish Dancers.
Each year the Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions honors several children and youths. Most are nominated from school nurses and other professionals that engage regularly with children with serious health care issues. For more information, contact CYCC Executive Director Jeff Woodburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.