A Numbers Game, or: We Are All Number One

Congratulations, kid, you’re going to Washington! Now what?     By Reed Gialketsis (17 years old, Nevada) At this year’s Children’s Congress, 161 kids and teens will gather in Washington, D.C. But there’s another number that I think deserves attention―the more than 1,300 kids who applied for the event but won’t be going. While I’m […]

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

I will control my T1D. My T1D won’t control me.     By Amelia Rehrman 11 years old, Pennsylvania Hi! My name is Amelia and I am 11 years old. I am so happy to be a 2013 Children’s Congress delegate from Pennsylvania. My favorite hobbies include photography and blogging, so I am taking this […]

My Sweet Sixteen on Capitol Hill

  T1D won’t take a break on my birthday, so why should I take a break from being an advocate for the cure? By Catrina Curtis (15 years old, Mississippi) Birthdays are the one day of the year when everything is about you. You can get away with being completely selfish, and you can get […]

Second Nature

Most kids don’t come home from summer camp excited that they learned to read a nutrition label—but that’s exactly what’s so special about diabetes camp. With dozens of programs across the country busily accepting applications for their summer 2013 sessions, now is the time to register your child or teenager with type 1 diabetes (T1D). […]

Introducing the JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress Delegate Blog

All across the country, JDRF is ramping up for one of the biggest advocacy events in Washington, D.C. That’s right, it’s time again for Children’s Congress—three days when kids and teens from every state and around the world converge on Capitol Hill to represent the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community and urge Congress to continue […]

Q&A: The ABCs of T1D

Question: I am a parent with type 1 diabetes. My children are now ages seven and two, and they are asking questions about it. How do I explain to them what type 1 diabetes is in a way that will help them understand and not be scared? Answer: I have been in this exact same […]

Raising Awareness and Funds for JDRF at 300 MPH

Not every kid gets to watch something she imagined on paper zoom by on a professional racetrack. But 2012 Our Everyday Heroes contest winner Libby Ledford of Stanton, MI, saw her race car design roar to life last summer. From now until March 7, children living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) between the ages of […]

JDRF Kids Compete at Medtronic Jr. Cup

Insulin pumps and test strips were just as common as shin pads and cleats on the pitch at the Medtronic Junior Cup. The sixth annual event, held August 24 to 26 at Switzerland’s La Pontaise Olympic Stadium in Lausanne, brought together 132 children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) who represented 12 countries in an international […]