Juniors Michelle Kim, Francesca King, and Maddie Richter-Atkinson pose for a photo at a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) fundraising event. The three, along with Mason juniors Ziggy Thetard and Abby Smith (not pictured), teamed up to reach their goal of raising $15,000 for LLS by local business fundraisers. For more information about future events and to learn about the campaign, visit their Kings for a Cure Facebook page here or follow them on Twitter @Kingsforacure here. (Photo courtesy of Francesca King)
George Mason junior Francesca King campaigns to end leukemia
George Mason junior Francesca King was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 2. King had returned to the US to spend Christmas with family in Texas after living in Cote d'Ivoire for her dad's job when her family heard her diagnosis.
"My parents instilled in me in a young age that diabetes couldn't slow me down," King said of her childhood. "Since I've had it before I can remember, and classmates, teachers, and coaches that have been very accepting of it, diabetes hasn't and will never keep me from doing what I love and need to do."
Growing up, King learned to monitor blood sugar and use injections and later an insulin pump to regulate her body's insulin levels. On July 10, 2009, when King was 11, her younger brother Carson was diagnosed with ALL T-Cell Leukemia.