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Community Wide: High school athlete uses personal struggle to help others

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Goodrich junior Joe Toporek plays baseball and football at a high level, but he's had to grow up fast because of a challenge he faces from the minute he wakes up, to the minute he goes to sleep: Type 1 diabetes. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

Goodrich junior Joe Toporek plays baseball and football at a high level, but he's had to grow up fast because of a challenge he faces from the minute he wakes up, to the minute he goes to sleep.

One he's beating on and off the field: Joe is a type one diabetic, but doesn't let it slow him down.

He's already been an example of what you can do with the disease, and is now working to develop a group at school for kids with the same condition, a place where they can ask questions as peers.