150 Children, Celebrities With Type 1 Diabetes Converge on Capitol Hill for JDRF’s Children’s Congress 2009
Kid Delegates Meet Elected Officials, Testify at Senate Hearing, and Urge Legislators To Request Fund Research
Children’s Congress, the largest grassroots advocacy event held in support of research for type 1 diabetes, will include a visit with President
The Senate hearing, “Type 1 Diabetes Research: Real Progress and Real Hope for a Cure,” will include testimony from Ms. Moore, Mr. Jonas, Mr. Leonard, Dr.
A Town Hall panel, “Role Models in Diabetes,” on Tuesday will enable delegates to interact with athletes, musicians and doctors who also live with type 1 diabetes – and share their experiences on how they’re managing the disease and fulfilling professional careers at the same time. Panelists will include professional concert cellist
The 150 children – ranging in age from 4 to 17 years old – represent each state. Joining the children in
“The day that you or your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is a day you will never forget,” said Ms. Moore, who has had type 1 diabetes for almost 40 years. “Members of Congress will now have the chance to give these children and their parents another day they will never forget. Instead, this time will be a day of hope instead of a day of fear.”
The Senate Co-Chairs of Children’s Congress 2009 are Sen. Collins and Sen.
“Our entire family understands what a vital role this event plays in the furthering of our mission to cure diabetes. We are honored and excited to be leading such an extraordinary group of delegates who truly will have all the
Children’s Congress, held every other year since 1999, has become the largest media and grassroots advocacy event held in support of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, the delegates help raise awareness about type 1 diabetes, and participating in personal advocacy at the highest level of U.S. government.
In type 1 diabetes – the most serious and complicated form of the disease that accounts for at least
While trying to balance insulin with the amount of food eaten (which raises blood sugar) and exercise (which lowers blood sugar), people with type 1 diabetes must constantly be prepared for potential life-threatening low or high blood sugar levels. Just as devastating, the long-term complications of diabetes include blindness, heart attack, kidney failure, stroke, nerve damage and amputations. While usually diagnosed in childhood, type 1 diabetes can also be diagnosed in adults.
JDRF is the leader in research leading to a cure for type 1 diabetes in the world. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.
The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than
For more information, visit the JDRF web site at www.jdrf.org or call 800-533-CURE.
For more information on Children’s Congress, visit www.cc.jdrf.org.
SOURCE Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation