Maguire Schmid loves playing the guitar. His favorite: the electric guitar.
The instrument holds a special meaning for the 15-year-old.
At the age of 10, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which is also commonly referred to as juvenile diabetes.
Wasting no time, he became involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He formed a family walk team called "Maguire’s Mission." So far, the team has raised thousands of dollars for research to find a cure.
This past July, he was selected to go to Washington, D.C., where he spoke with members of Congress.
“I was speaking for C.G.M. rates, which is a continuous glucose monitor,” Maguire said. “What it does is it continuously monitors your blood sugar every day.”
His mom, Katie Schmid, says the device is very important.
“The C.G.M. Access Act that we went to Congress for is to get them to make Medicare cover it and once Medicare covers it," she said. "Sometimes, all other private insurance companies will usually follow suit."
Maguire volunteers for numerous organizations including manning the red kettle at holiday time for the Salvation Army. He also works with elderly care organizations and was honored by the Disney Foundation with the Disney Dreamer and Doer Award. He’s also been recognized by JDRF for his fundraising.
When he’s not volunteering, Maguire likes to jam with his little brother: Maguire on electric guitar and his kid brother, Corbin, on bass. It’s a house not only full of music, but one bursting with positivity.