The JDRF Western Wisconsin Chapter is thrilled to announce who will be representing our Chapter at the 2019 JDRF Children’s Congress: Danielle LaLuzerne!
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.
Danielle was diagnosed with T1D on April 30, 2007 when she was four years old. While she doesn’t let T1D get in the way of the things she loves to do, managing this life-changing disease can still be a daily struggle. Danielle loves exploring and trying out new, exciting things, participating in Model United Nations, volunteering at a nursing home assisting elderly residents and traveling to Spain, where she recently studied for a month. She also enjoys hiking, biking and photography.
Danielle looks forward to making Children’s Congress one of her next adventures, saying, “With more research in type 1 diabetes and related technology, new treatments and eventually a cure can be developed. Even minor improvements will lift limitations and increase the quality of life for people nationwide.”
As the 2019 JDRF Children’s Congress approaches, we look forward to sharing more about Danielle and keeping you updated with her experience. Join us in congratulating Danielle!