Magnolia’s Matty Campbell, with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Photo courtesy of Matty Campbell
Magnolia’s Matty Campbell, with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Photo courtesy of Matty Campbell

Magnolia will be well represented on Sunday, May 18, at the 32nd-annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes, benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Matty Campbell, an eighth-grader at Our Lady of Fatima School in Magnolia who is also a Queen Anne & Magnolia News carrier, has been serving as one of three JDRF Beat the Bridge ambassadors for the last few months.

Campbell, 14, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2010. Along with fellow Beat the Bridge ambassadors Jen Leichtman and Emma Smith, he has attended several local company events, including Nordstrom employee rallies in Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma. In addition to sharing their stories of diagnosis, treatment and hope at these events, the ambassadors also starred in a JDRF video, which can be seen at

Recently, Campbell and Smith accepted a $25,000 donation on behalf of JDRF from Russell Investments and Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson, a paid spokesperson for the company.

Campbell will participate in the Beat the Bridge race with a team of family and friends dubbed The MighT1s, which Campbell formed with friend Patrick Scott in 2011. Also a Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 10 years ago, Scott is an eighth-grader at Our Lady of Fatima, plays soccer and basketball, runs cross country, and is interested in computer programming. This year marks his 10th time participating in Beat the Bridge.

Last year, T.J. Kenny (who attends Assumption) joined The MighT1s. New to the team this year is Magnolia’s Claire Larsen, who also attended Our Lady of Fatima.

In the last four years the MighT1s have raised $45,000 for JDRF. (To learn more about the MighT1s, visit

The Beat the Bridge course travels over Seattle’s University Bridge, which is raised during the race. Participants try to cross the bridge before it is raised. Those who don’t beat the bridge must wait, with a live band and prizes to pass the time, for the bridge to come back down. Beat the Bridge consists of an 8K run and wheelchair race, a 4-mile walk, a 1-mile fun run and the Diaper Derby for toddlers.

To register or learn more about the Beat the Bridge, visit