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.

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.

An Opening Refrain Filled With Promise

“Promise to Remember Me” is the name of their song, and when the 161 delegates of JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress raise their voices, it’s impossible to forget. The performance of the Children’s Congress anthem, led this year by singer/songwriter and JDRF Celebrity Advocate Crystal Bowersox, kicked off what promises to be three days of high-energy […]

The Delegates Are Coming!

Independence Day fireworks have all burned down, but JDRF is amping up the excitement! JDRF Children’s Congress, our flagship advocacy event, takes place in Washington, D.C., next week. This biennial event—now one of the largest of its kind—was first held in 1999. This year, it will take Capitol Hill by storm July 8 to 10. […]

My Friend, My Inspiration

Losing a friend is hard, but losing a friend to T1D is harder.     By Catrina Curtis (15 years old, Mississippi) I can still remember the exact moment, almost three years ago, when my mom told me that my friend Lindsi had passed away. My mom had picked me up from school and was […]

Heroes on the Hill: Senators Susan Collins and Jeanne Shaheen

JDRF has seen tremendous legislative and regulatory victories in recent years on behalf of the millions of people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). And in a political environment crowded with important issues and a strained fiscal climate, all of those victories were hard won. JDRF has its champions in Congress to thank for their […]

Heroes on the Hill: Representatives Diana DeGette and Ed Whitfield

JDRF has seen tremendous legislative and regulatory victories in recent years on behalf of the millions of people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). And in a political environment crowded with other important issues and a strained fiscal climate, all of those victories were hard won. JDRF has its champions in Congress to thank for […]

Life Under the Microscope: My Summer as a Research Intern

… this dream cannot become a reality without delegates like us.     By Cindy Chen (17 years old, California) Imagine a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). A world in which there would be no more need for test strips, lancets, reservoirs, infusion sets, shots, and that darn insulin pump. A world in which […]