JDRF Children’s Congress Starts Next Week

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Event Unites T1D Celebrities and Youth with Congressional Leadership

We are just days away from one of JDRF’s most celebrated and impactful events: 2019 Children’s Congress, taking place July 8-10 in Washington, DC.

More than 160 youth delegates from around the world and adult celebrities will help JDRF shine the spotlight on type 1 diabetes (T1D) and the needs of our community.

The three-day Congress begins Monday and culminates with a Senate Hearing Wednesday led by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). At the hearing, people living with T1D, along with the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, will outline how the SDP is improving lives and advancing research to treat, prevent, and find cures for the disease.

Throughout the event, our youth delegates meet with their home-town Representatives and Senators, join us in speaking with the Food and Drug Administration, and testify before a Senate hearing.

This year, we’re thrilled that Aaron will join two delegates, actor Victor Garber who has lived with T1D for over 50 years, and Dr. Griffin Rodgers, who heads the National Institutes of Health’s diabetes institute, in testifying at the hearing.

We will be advocating for the renewal of the Special Diabetes Program, which historically has directed $150M annually to T1D research. We all know how important this funding is to our work. Both the Senate and House have introduced bills for a five year renewal of the program, and we are fighting to renew it before it expires on October 1st. We also will continue calling for coverage, affordability and choice, so our community can access the insulin, technologies, and treatments they need to stay healthy until we have a cure.

A moving, exciting and powerful event, Children’s Congress affords us the opportunity to raise awareness of the needs of our community and advocate for support from national leaders who can help us do so much more than we can do alone.

It also presents an unparalleled opportunity to unify our community in a shared sense of pride that our voices are heard — and that together, we are making a true difference in advancing cures and improving lives.

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By Ayana Young