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Young cyclist doesn't let diabetes slow him down

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Middle Tennessee boy is sharing his story of living with diabetes and his passion for cycling to raise money and awareness about the disease.

Baden Brown, 10, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just 5, but it's not stopping him from going after some big dreams.

Last weekend, he took part in the Ride to Cure, which benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

"It really doesn't slow me down," he said. "It's not a disadvantage at all."

And Baden had a very special partner for the race: Adam Driscoll, who rides with Team Novo-Nordisk - a cycling group made up of athletes with Type 1 diabetes.

The team even presented Baden with his very own team jersey.

Driscoll, who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 11, refused to give up on sports and today is inspiring others.

"Being active helps you manage diabetes and grow up to be whatever you want to be, whatever your goals are," Driscoll said.

As for Baden, he wants to be a triathlete at the Olympics one day.

At such a young age, he's working toward those goals. He's already finished two adult triathalons alongside his dad.

The cyclists who took part in the ride say they really want to drive home the point that if you manage your diabetes the right way, you can still live a very active life.

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