Mr. Perry goes to Washington: Santa Rosa Beach teen raises awareness about diabetes

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 05:13 PM.

According to, 25.8 million Americans including children have diabetes — that's 8.3 percent of the nation's population.

Now putting down roots in his new home, Caleb wants to continue his outreach and advocacy in his new community.

"I want to continue trying to convince senators and representatives from Florida to find a cure," he said. "Insulin is not a cure. Every three seconds around the globe, someone is diagnosed with diabetes."

Caleb would also like to create a benefit walk to raise awareness towards diabetes, something he noticed Walton County was lacking.

Inspired by his endocrinologist, Dr. Abdul-Latif at the Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Caleb hopes to be an endocrinologist one day.

"I hope that by the time I'm old enough there will be a cure for diabetes," he said.

Until then, he will continue his advocacy. He will always stand up against diabetes, he said.

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