SUMMIT, NJ – Will Schaffer said that while his type 1 diabetes diagnosis at 14 changed his life, it did not change who he was as a person. Now, the college baseball player is being honored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s New Jersey Metro & Rockland County Chapter as an “Everyday Hero” for his attitude.
“I found out that I was nominated for the Everyday Hero award about a year ago last summer and was genuinely shocked. I didn’t know that my story was one that inspired people I was simply handling the day to day of this disease,” Schaffer told Patch. “However I was extremely honored to be even considered for the award and the spotlight and am gracious I can share my story to others.”