About the Authors and Illustrators

Jared Bergen- Jared is the founder of Team Helping. He has been an inspiration long before he was diagnosed with diabetes, just a few months before his fifth birthday. He has a tremendous insight into the profound changes in his life. His sensitivity and willingness to share his journey with newly diagnosed diabetics and their families helped made this book a reality. His words, ideas, commitment and motivation, are an example and a challenge for us all to increase our “team spirit”.     

Randi Winter- Randi is Jared and Maya’s grandma. Her goal is to help people find their passion and make a difference in the world every day. This book will help. It has been an honor and privilege sharing the experience of creating this book with Jared and our Team Helping. Hopefully, it will inspire other families create their own Team Helping, whatever the need. She looks forward to many sequels as Jared has new ideas to share. She is currently using Jared’s concept as a template for new books for other diseases and other causes, all over the world. 

Ilana Bergen-If they say that mothers are the invention of necessity; Ilana is a model example of going way out of a comfort zone to become a mathematician, medical specialist, inventor, lobbyist, blogger, crisis manager and nutritionist- and all without a full night’s sleep. She is an inspiration for all the other team members and a most beloved mom, daughter and wife and entrepreneur.

Kris Bergen- Kris stands tall in our Team Helping, both as a great dad and MVP Team Helping member. His creativity and vision often inspires wonderful family projects and we hope his illustrations will put a smile on your face.     

Maya Bergen- Maya is Jared's little sister who prefers to not be thought of as that, she is more of an artist, a creator, a designer and a happy spirit, but still has time to make sure her brother checks his blood sugar and eats right.  She loves to draw and work on family projects. She embodies the spirit of Team Helping. Maya was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 6 years after her brother was, and took her diagnosis in stride since she always admired how her brother handled his own new responsibilities.

Team Helping- There are many other members of Team Helping, who have been a special part of this project, and his life. While we cannot acknowledge you all by name, we are filled with love and gratitude for your contributions.