Alexis Ericksen y Garza was born in Sacramento, California in 2004. She currently resides in Wilton, a small town in southeastern Sacramento County. Alexis was adopted from the California foster care system in 2011 and lives with her 2 dads and three brothers, where they run a small farm.
Even though Alexis spent some time in the foster care system, her biggest challenge has been living with Type-1 Diabetes (T1D). Alexis was diagnosed with T1D when she was 18 months. According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, “Type 1 is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. T1D develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system.”
Despite the fact that Alexis lives with Type-1 Diabetes, she does not let the daily testing of her blood sugar, changing her insulin pump infusion site or the change of her continuous glucose monitoring system stop her. On the contrary, she uses it as motivation to show the world that though you may have T1D, you can still be an active participant in life.
Over the past few years, Alexis has become a multi-champion horse rider, owner and breeder of her own American Dairy Goat Association registered Nigerian Dwarf goat herd. She also assists with her fathers’ calf-feeder operation with pasture and feed management. Alexis plans to become a large animal veterinarian and hopes to attend the same university as her father, UCDavis.
Alexis continues to thrive beyond her diagnoses and through pageantry will continue to spread Type-1 Diabetes awareness so that others, too, can pursue their dreams.