There are different ways for a parent to say, “I love you” to their child. A full-body hug. An affectionate note, written on expensive stationery. A carefully considered expression of devotion that leaves an indelible mark, meant to last a lifetime. And probably many others. But let’s focus on how Bruno and Paula Bravil chose to express their love and support for their daughter, Maria Eduarda, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes four years ago, when she was just 6. Growing up in the family’s home in northeast Brazil, Maria Eduarda “was a super electric child who played in the pool, did all kinds of sports, and danced. She was a kid who really didn’t stop,” Bruno said. “There was no trace that there was something wrong.” Until there was. Maria Eduarda started to look skinnier than even her very active play schedule would suggest. She was regularly drinking more and more water, up to two liters every hour. A trip to her doctor and a blood test revealed she had diabetes.