The 14th annual JDRF Government Day held March 16 to 19, included more than160 volunteer leaders and advocates, representing 48 states. Although the name “Government Day” suggests otherwise, the event is actually four jam-packed days. During the first two, attendees received intensive courses on effective advocacy to prepare them for scheduled meetings to talk with their Members of Congress and/or Congressional staff about type 1 diabetes (T1D) and JDRF.
The energy in this group was nothing short of infectious. Their unflagging cheerfulness was counterbalanced by an almost steely determination to get their message across to the Congress—I can attest, this was a hard crowd to say “no” to.