Where Are They Now?

Children’s Congress is not only JDRF’s flagship advocacy event, it is one of the largest advocacy events in our nation’s capital. More than 1,000 kids and teens have served as delegates. Many of them are now all grown up and changing the world in their very own ways.

Advocates Testify at Senate Diabetes Hearing

Senator Bill Nelson, of Florida, chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Senator Susan Collins, of Maine, ranking member of the committee, convened the eighth biennial Senate Diabetes Hearing on July 10. The culmination of Children’s Congress—JDRF’s flagship advocacy event—the hearing offers JDRF advocates young and old the opportunity to speak up on […]

Young Diabetes Advocates Take Capitol Hill by Storm

On July 10, the delegates of JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress filled the halls of Congress, and hundreds of Members of Congress learned about type 1 diabetes (T1D) from these experts. For some, it was a familiar conversation; for others, including many newly elected Members of Congress, it was an education on issues that affect a growing number of Americans every day.

High-Flying Feats of Advocacy

High-Flying Feats of Advocacy

In the United States as in many other countries, T1D has long been a barrier to a handful of careers, including flying. The pilots of the Diabetes Formation Flight, all of whom have diabetes, are breaking aviation records to show that diabetes need not be a safety concern in the cockpit.

Children’s Congress Photo Gallery: Wednesday

On the last day of Children’s Congress, the delegates and family members spoke with their Members of Congress, met Vice President Joe Biden, and attended a very special Senate Diabetes Hearing. Share in the excitement with our final Children’s Congress Photo Gallery.

Children’s Congress Rocks Capitol Hill

Children’s Congress Rocks Capitol Hill

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 […]

Catrina, from Mississippi, who turned 16!

Many Happy Returns

Amid all the serious business of advocacy, we’d like to take a moment to give a shout-out to three particular Children’s Congress delegates, who all celebrated birthdays during their time with JDRF in Washington, D.C. We truly hope it was a birthday they’ll never forget.

Partners Working Toward a Cure

Several delegates assisted Master of Ceremonies Nicole Johnson in presenting the JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress Awards to our generous partners at the Corporate and Industry Partners Recognition Luncheon.

The Role of a Lifetime

What could a journalist, a race-car driver, a scientist, an actress, and a chef all have in common every single day? If you guessed “type 1 diabetes,” you’d be right—but it’s more than that. The five JDRF celebrity advocates who shared their stories today as Children’s Congress Town Hall Role Models have learned to live with type 1 diabetes (T1D). But more importantly, their lives have all seen remarkable triumphs, despite—and in some ways because of—T1D.