Five-year-old Trey Brannon is just like every other child his age. He loves the jungle gym and playing one of his favorite video games, “Kirby.”
Trey says, "You have to press B to swallow them then you press X when you swallow them he'll turn into what they are."
While it may look like he carries the game on his hip, this machine doesn't play games. It helps keep him alive.
Amber Brannon, his mother, says, "He's been diagnosed for about two and a half years. He has Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes, so he has been insulin dependent for two and a half years, and will be for the rest of his life."
Amber says you would never know by her son’s energy that he has the disease. She says he's just like any other five year old, except with a few more things to do before he gets ready for his day.
Trey says, "When I test my sugar all the time, blood comes on my fingers, every finger I prick, then there's a thing that sucks up the blood that tells you what carbohydrates there are, low, or high, or good."
The insulin machine Trey wears on his waist gives him his insulin every 30 minutes, and now, at just five-years-old, he's taking on responsibilities beyond his years.
Amber says, "He is learning how to prick his own finger and check his own blood sugar, he is now learning how to manipulate his own pump, which makes him more independent."
For Brannon, she says her son's strength is one of her biggest inspirations.
She adds, "Most people think about their mom and dad being their heroes, but it is definitely my son that is mine."
A walk for the cure is going to be held on November 22nd at Westgate for Tyler and other children with diabetes.
All proceeds will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to continue the search for a cure.