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 […]

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 […]

JDRF Heroes and Corporate Partners

The success of the JDRF Children’s Congress is significantly strengthened by a unique collaboration between JDRF advocates, government representatives, and corporate sponsors who combine their resources and their voices to keep type 1 diabetes research moving forward. At the Corporate Partner Recognition Luncheon on June 21, JDRF leadership and delegates recognized two 2011 Children’s Congress […]

Senator Collins Leads Senate Diabetes Hearing

“Diabetes is a life-long condition, and it’s one that does not discriminate,” said Susan Collins, a third-term Senator from Maine, in her opening remarks at the Senate hearing on diabetes, as part of the JDRF 2011 Children’s Congress. This year’s hearing, “Transforming Lives through Diabetes Research,” is Senator Collins’ sixth hearing in coordination with JDRF, […]

Senator Lieberman Opens Senate Diabetes Hearing

United States Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, gaveled open the Senate Hearing, “Transforming Lives through Diabetes Research,” on Wednesday, June 22. The hearing, attended by the 155 JDRF Children’s Congress delegates, ages 4 to 17, focused on progress achieved through the Special Diabetes Program […]

Kevin Kline Testifies at Senate Diabetes Hearing

With one Oscar, two Tony Awards, and numerous other accolades in his nearly 40-year acting career, Kevin Kline can have his pick of some pretty meaningful roles. But one in particular—that of JDRF advocate—is his all-time favorite. Mr. Kline has been one of JDRF’s most dedicated and long-standing volunteers, first testifying on behalf of JDRF […]

Delegates Storm the Hill

For the delegates of JDRF 2011 Children’s Congress, Members of Congress are much more than just names on a ballot. Many of the young advocates have been writing letters to their legislators for years, and their visit to Washington, D.C., this June was the culmination of months of planning and preparation—beginning with an application. The […]