The Male Youth Marshal for 2009’s Back To School Parade is Mykal Quinlan, who is a graduate of the class of 2009 from McNeil High School. His parents are Quincy and Gloria Quinlan. He will be attending college at Southwestern Adventist University.
Mykal was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at an early age. However, he doesn’t let diabetes hold him back. He played football on the McNeil High School football team, basketball with his church’s Alpha Seventh-Day Adventist Church, basketball team (Alpha Warriors), and many other sports. Additionally, he gives of his time through the Pathfinders as well as at Diabetes Camps. He eagerly explains what juvenile diabetes is and believes that a cure for the disease is soon to come. Even if you have questions about diabetes, Mykal encourages you to ask him. He believes that the more that you understand the disease, the more that you’ll become an advocate for those who have juvenile diabetes and a supporter for those searching for a cure.
Just like many other teenagers, Mykal simply wants to enjoy life … every minute of it. And, he tries to inspire others to do the same … regardless of the difficulties that you may face.