Colorado Kids Fighting for Their Cure in Washington

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Denver will be sending a unique delegation to Washington, D.C. this summer. David- age 9, Michael- age 14, and Olivia- age 12, have been selected by JDRF to join nearly 160 other children from around the country to remind their Members of Congress of the vital need to continue supporting research that aims to reduce the burden they all share from living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), until a cure becomes available.

The children at the Congress– ages 4 to 17, and representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia– will visit the nation’s capital as delegates to JDRF 2015 Children’s Congress, to be held July 13-15. Joining them will be six international delegates traveling from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Israel, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. These international delegates will partner with U.S. delegates to convey a clear message to the federal government that T1D is a global problem that requires a global effort.

The event, which is held every other summer, will include congressional visits by the delegates and a congressional committee hearing, during which selected delegates and T1D celebrity advocates will testify on the need for continued funding for T1D research. These visits serve as a powerful call to our elected lawmakers to remember the struggle of all those living with the disease, and the importance of supporting and funding T1D research.

Serving as chair for JDRF 2015 Children’s Congress will be Kimberly Roosevelt of Dallas, Texas, who attended JDRF 2009 Children’s Congress with her delegate daughter Elizabeth, now 13 .As chair of the event, Kim will help engage, support, and energize all these delegates and their families during the advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.