Mary was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1998 at the age of seven and has been active in the Type 1 community ever since. A dedicated philanthropist, Mary and her family have raised over $15 million for Type 1 diabetes efforts. She started at Beyond Type 1 in July 2015 as the Community Manager. She has run the 2017 + 2018 TCS New York City Marathon with Beyond Type Run, raising over $16K. Mary attended Parsons the New School for Design in New York where she studied fashion design with a focus in Childrenswear, and studied abroad at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Prior to Beyond Type 1, Mary was a freelance designer and photographer, working most notably with Myabetic and Refinery29. She has also worked at Women’s Wear Daily, Fashionista, and Mel Ottenberg Studio. She is passionate about living well with T1D, finding a cure, growing Beyond Type 1, and her French Bulldog Lola! Check out more from Mary on her instagram @MaryAlessandraa