JDRF Children’s Congress allows delegates to meet and discuss Type 1 Diabetes with lawmakers


Every two years, more than 160 children living with type 1 Diabetes gather in Washington, D.C., to meet face-to-face with some of the top decision makers in the US government. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for delegates in the JDRF Children’s Congress, which gives them a chance to help members of Congress understand what life with type 1 Diabetes is like.

They speak up on behalf of the millions of people living with T1D and the families and friends who love them. This is also why research to fund life-changing therapies until a cure is found, is so critical.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Delegate Katie Bone discusses her diagnosis with the chronic illness and why she strives to tell others about her condition.

Development Coordinator Janna Harrison explains that managing the highs and lows of the condition are challenging but through funding, the group is able to receive necessary equipment such as glucose monitors and artificial pancreas which are critical to their health.

Through the JDRF Children’s Congress, lawmakers are able to put a face to Type 1 Diabetes which is an illness that isn’t easily recognizable in society. Through the Children’s Congress, delegates are able to form lifelong friendships, meet role models, and develop leadership skills.

JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress will take place from July 8 – 10, 2019, in Washington, D.C. For additional information on the JDRF Children’s Congress, click here.

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