Hello! This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC with the JDRF Children’s Congress. I was able to meet with the two senators and representatives from my state. I shared my story of living with T1D and reminded them of the importance of continued funding for research for a cure. More specifically, I was asking them to sign a letter stating that they would support the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). The SDP provides funding for T1D research and is up for renewal next year through Congress. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get them to sign the letter since neither senator nor the representative at the time for my district signed the letter two years ago.
I am happy to report today that all three members of congress signed the letter this year! This is very exciting for me and reminds me of the power of advocacy. It is so important that our members of congress are reminded of the great need for continued research. It gives me hope that one day there will be a cure for T1D!
Hello! My name is Adam and I will be a junior in high school this fall. I am vice president of our student body, active in many groups at school, play tennis, swim, volunteer at my church and I am passionate about protecting our environment. I also have type one diabetes.