WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor senior Lauren Cox is not only a national champion in women's college basketball, but she also happens to be very courageous when it comes to helping raise awareness about diabetes.
Cox was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was seven years old.
"Ever since I was diagnosed up until my freshman year at Baylor, I was embarrassed by it," Cox said. "I didn't want anybody seeing me taking out my meter, testing my blood sugar or testing my insulin. I got to Baylor, and coach (Kim) Mulkey was kind of that person that told me to show it to the world and use it as my platform."
Cox was featured as the keynote speaker Wednesday at the JDRF One Party at McLane Stadium.
T1D is not preventable and there's no known cure yet, but Cox is hoping that her story of becoming a D1 basketball player will inspire others to not let diabetes hold young athletes back from playing sports.
"It's a huge part of my life and it's not going away," Cox said. "We have events like this to potentially find a cure to get better technology to better help us out and it's a huge part of my life and really important to me."