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.
The line between research and advocacy is a fine one for David Wheadon, M.D. As JDRF’s newly appointed executive vice president for research and advocacy, David oversees all aspects of our efforts to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of life-changing therapies for type 1 diabetes (T1D). It’s a big role—one filled with extraordinary promise, […]
July 30, 2013 ― On Monday, July 29, JDRF presented its Jim Tyree Chairman’s Choice Award to longtime volunteer and leader Cynthia Ford for her significant contributions to JDRF on behalf of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D), including her son, Albert. The annual award was given during a special ceremony at JDRF’s OneConference in […]
July 30, 2013 ― JDRF presented its annual Erwin Lurie Volunteer of the Year Award on Monday, July 29, to Pittsburgh, PA, resident Nan DeTurk for her leadership and outstanding contributions as a volunteer on behalf of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The award was given during a special ceremony at JDRF’s OneConference in […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]