The 9-Year-Old Determined To Find A Cure For His Best Friend's Disease

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Jonah Pournazarian, left, and Dylan Siegel (Courtesy of David Siegel)
Jonah Pournazarian, left, and Dylan Siegel (Courtesy of David Siegel)

Since they first met in preschool, Dylan Siegel has watched his friend Jonah Pournazarian check his blood sugar many times.

"I have to take off my shoe, and I prick myself, and blood comes out," 10-year-old Jonah says. "Sometimes kids just stare, because they just don't know what it’s about. It's kind of weird, people staring. Dylan, he doesn’t really stare, he just talks to me. And we laugh together, and it’s really fun."

Dylan is 9 years old now, but this story starts three years ago, when the boys were in first grade in Los Angeles.

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This segment aired on April 14, 2016.


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