Cory Carpenter Biography


Claim to Fame: College Football, Montana State Bobcats
Diabetes Type: 1

Cory Carpenter, born in Hermiston, Oregon, has lived with type 1 diabetes since he was diagnosed at age 8. Joining his brother and grandmothers, all of whom have type 2 diabetes, Carpenter spent his entire childhood learning how to manage his diabetes alongside his active lifestyle. In high school, Carpenter attended a diabetes sports camp organized by the NBA's Chris Dudley, who played 16 seasons in the NBA despite his diabetes. This inspired Carpenter to pursue football as a career, and set his sights on joining Montana State's team, the Bobcats.

Carpenter played as a quarterback for the Bobcats during his college career from 2004 to 2007. Since 2008, Carpenter has been working with kids as a physical education teacher and coach at Dalles-Wahtonka High School in his home state of Oregon.

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Reviewed by dLife staff, 04/14.

Last Modified Date: April 30, 2014

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by Brenda Bell
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