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Emmabella Rudd is an 18-year-old advocate and activist. Upon being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, she decided she would do everything in her power to fight for underrepresented communities. At 11-years-old, she began advocating to her legislators on Capitol Hill, which catalyzed her passion for social change and policy. Through these experiences, she has been able to develop and understand the importance of bipartisanship and compromise when working to create sustainable change.
To this day, she has raised over $350,000 for diabetes research and has educated thousands of students through her advocacy work. Emmabella has written her own legislation in the State of Florida and is currently working towards lowering insulin prices on both the Federal and State level. Being a college student in Florida's Capitol was no mistake. As she runs the State of Florida’s #insulin4all movement, she plans to pass legislation to lower insulin prices and make insulin more accessible in Florida before she graduates from Florida State University in 2023. Traveling annually to advocate in Washington, D.C. has inspired her work to be a voice for those who are disproportionately impacted by the U.S. Healthcare system. Emmabella speaks in press conferences, testimonies, and news channels hoping to bring awareness to chronic illnesses, aspiring to one day fix the system that places profit before the people as a bioethics and human rights lawyer. She has been recognized in receiving the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award by the Florida Holocaust Museum, the JDRF International Rising Star Award, and was featured in USA Today for her activism. Emmabella’s journey and mission has caught the attention of many—including USA Today, ABC7, and many local newspapers. She has appeared on many local news stations to provoke dialogue on change with an aim to educate the public and advocate for justice.