The nation’s attention was honed on JDRF yesterday as delegates and advocates took the microphone at the pinnacle event of Children’s Congress—the Senate Diabetes Hearing.
Minutes before the hearing, JDRF delegates met and had some encouraging words from United States Vice President Joe Biden (pictured below).
Led by Senator Bill Nelson (FL), chair of the Special Committee on Aging, and attended by Senator Susan Collins (ME), co-chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, the hearing took place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill at 2:00 p.m.
Testimony was provided by Children’s Congress delegate Quinn Ferguson (14, of Maine), JDRF President and CEO Jeffrey Brewer, NIDDK Director Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., and two JDRF celebrity advocates: NBA Champion Ray Allen (pictured, top, with his son, delegate Walker Allen, six), and Emmy-winning actress Jean Smart, who lives with type 1 diabetes (pictured below, far left).
Check out the national media coverage of the event, below.
Morning Joe: Segment with Ray Allen aired Tuesday, July 9
Huffington Post Live
ESPN Mike and Mike in the Morning
Sports Illustrated Kids
McClatchy News Service
We invited five delegates to write a very special series—the very first Children’s Congress Delegate Blog! In the weeks leading up to their trip to Washington, D.C., these delegates gave us their thoughts on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happy glucose control. But most importantly, they let us know just what it means to them to be delegates of Children’s Congress 2013. Read on.
Jonathan Platt — 9 years old, California
Children’s Congress 2013 Chair Kid
Bring On Children’s Congress!
Delegate Do’s and Don’ts: How to Make the Most of Children’s Congress
Catrina Curtis — 15 years old, Mississippi
My Sweet Sixteen on Capitol Hill
My Friend, My Inspiration
Amelia Rehrman — 11 years old, Pennsylvania
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Capitol Hill Essentials
Reed Gialketsis — 17 years old, Nevada
A Numbers Game, or: We Are All Number One
Word to the Wise: A T1D Slang Dictionary
Cindy Chen — 17 years old, California
Life Under the Microscope: My Summer as a Research Intern
Letters From the Cusp of Childhood/Adulthood
The Delegates Are Coming!
MONDAY, JULY 8
An Opening Refrain Filled With Promise
Children’s Congress Photo Gallery: Monday
TUESDAY, JULY 9
The Role of a Lifetime
Partners Working Toward a Cure
Children’s Congress Photo Gallery: Tuesday
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10
Many Happy Returns
Children’s Congress Rocks Capitol Hill
Young Diabetes Advocates Take Capitol Hill by Storm
Children’s Congress Photo Gallery: Wednesday