The nation’s attention was honed on JDRF yesterday as delegates and advocates took the microphone at the pinnacle event of Children’s Congress—the Senate Diabetes Hearing.
Minutes before the hearing, JDRF delegates met and had some encouraging words from United States Vice President Joe Biden (pictured below).
Led by Senator Bill Nelson (FL), chair of the Special Committee on Aging, and attended by Senator Susan Collins (ME), co-chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, the hearing took place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill at 2:00 p.m.
Testimony was provided by Children’s Congress delegate Quinn Ferguson (14, of Maine), JDRF President and CEO Jeffrey Brewer, NIDDK Director Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., and two JDRF celebrity advocates: NBA Champion Ray Allen (pictured, top, with his son, delegate Walker Allen, six), and Emmy-winning actress Jean Smart, who lives with type 1 diabetes (pictured below, far left).
Check out the national media coverage of the event, below.
Complete Coverage: JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress
Children’s Congress Delegate Blog
We invited five delegates to write a very special series—the very first Children’s Congress Delegate Blog! In the weeks leading up to their trip to Washington, D.C., these delegates gave us their thoughts on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happy glucose control. But most importantly, they let us know just what it means to them to be delegates of Children’s Congress 2013. Read on.
Jonathan Platt — 9 years old, California
Children’s Congress 2013 Chair Kid
Catrina Curtis — 15 years old, Mississippi
Amelia Rehrman — 11 years old, Pennsylvania
Reed Gialketsis — 17 years old, Nevada
Cindy Chen — 17 years old, California
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