Every two years, more than 150 children living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) gather in Washington, D.C., to meet face-to-face with some of the top decision-makers in the U.S. government. The children, ages 4 to 17, represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The delegates in JDRF’s Children’s Congress enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help Members of Congress understand what life with T1D is like and why research to fund life-changing therapies until a cure can be found is so critical. They speak up on behalf of the millions of people living with T1D and the families and friends who love them.
The JDRF 2017 Children’s Congress Delegation was tasked with an important job: asking their Members of Congress to renew the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), which is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017. Led by Chair Angie Platt and her family, 164 Delegates from six countries and all 50 states convened in Washington, D.C., for a three-day whirlwind of inspiration, camaraderie and advocacy culminating with the Delegates meeting with their Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.
Congratulations to our Delegates! Th0mas, Casey, Ellie and Cash made us so proud as the inspiring delegates from Colorado and Wyoming!
You don’t have to be a on Children’s Congress to raise your voice. Read more information HERE about JDRF Advocacy and what you can do to be involved.