The Pump Girls are a musical group founded in 1998 by four girls, Colleen Cottrell, Sara Cronstadt, Janelle Munion and Brittany Rausch, all of whom have type 1 diabetes.
In 2001, the group changed from a quartet to a trio. There have been a number of personnel changes over the years. More recent Pump Girls have included:
- Sarah Ann Carey
- Heather Faland
- Nicole Shiley Kukuruda
- Debbie Lemus
All of the girls remain active in diabetes awareness and support across the nation.
Before early 1998, the members of the group were going through bouts of teen depression, caused by, among other things, their illness.
That began to change when they decided to join as a group in February of that year. A few months later, they hired H. B. Barnum of Little Star Records to manage them. Barnum had already worked with performers such as Aretha Franklin, Puff Daddy and Barry White. Soon, the girls were able to release their first, self-named CD. Shortly after releasing the CD the group partnered with the Walt Disney Company to begin touring at various Disney parks and Radio Disney events.
The Pump Girls have been featured on CNN, Peter Jennings' show, and various other media outlets. They tour all over the United States but live in California. The Pump Girls have performed at events sponsored by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, PADRE Foundation and Radio Disney. They have shared the stage with 1999 Miss America Nicole Johnson as well as other Walt Disney and Radio Disney musicians.