JDRF Announces Californian Angie Platt to Chair 2013 Childrens Congress

JDRF Announces Californian Angie Platt to Chair 2013 Children’s Congress

— Applications Now Open to Become a Children’s Congress Delegate–

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Washington, D.C., August 9, 2012-JDRF is pleased to announce today that Oakland, CA native Angie Platt, now of Tarzana, CA, has been chosen as the chair for JDRF’s eighth bi-annual Children’s Congress, to be held July 8-10, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Platt, her husband, Jon, and their nine-year-old son, Jonathan, who has type 1 diabetes (T1D), will serve as chair family for the event.

Children’s Congress unites 150 young delegates who have T1D-representing all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several countries around the world-on Capitol Hill every other summer to advocate for T1D research. The delegates meet with national lawmakers to inspire and encourage them to remember the faces of T1D when making decisions about medical research, and when voting on other important federal issues relating to diabetes.

To apply for Children’s Congress 2013, applicants must be between the ages of four and 17, and must have T1D. All applications for U.S. delegates must be received by JDRF for consideration by 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 1, 2012. To view and submit an application, visit: http://www2.jdrf.org/ApplyCC13. For a list of frequently asked questions regarding the application process, visit: http://www2.jdrf.org/CC13FAQ.

Currently, Mrs. Platt serves on the JDRF Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors, where she was recently named the “2012 Rookie of The Year”. In July 2013, she will continue to champion for T1D research toward better treating, preventing, and ultimately curing T1D as she chairs JDRF’s 2013 Children’s Congress. As advocates for JDRF, for T1D research, and for their son, Jonathan, the Platts’ powerful voice for education, awareness, advocacy, and fundraising will continue to be heard on Capitol Hill.

“We promised Jonathan from day one that since he cannot take a day off from diabetes, we would not take a day off from helping to fight this terrible disease,” said Mrs. Platt. “Prior to my son’s diagnosis, we knew very little about type 1 diabetes, but since that day, our lives have taken on a new meaning and cause. Part of sharing our own story through advocacy is to educate people, and particularly our national policymakers, on what the disease is and how to combat it. I am so thankful to JDRF and to the broader JDRF family for this opportunity, and I am looking forward to coordinating a fantastic event for the families and children that will attend the 2013 Children’s Congress in Washington.”

“As a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, I know how critical and how powerful it is to advocate on behalf of one’s child,” said Jeffrey Brewer, president and CEO of JDRF. “JDRF has built an impressive nationwide network of advocates who are dedicated to improving lives. Our strength lies in our numbers, and in our ability to passionately advocate at all levels of government on behalf of people of all ages and at all stages living with T1D. Children’s Congress is a tremendous opportunity for young people to be leaders in the fight against this disease.”

About Children’s Congress
The JDRF Children’s Congress program was inspired by then eight-year-old Tommy Solo from Massachusetts in 1999. He overheard adult JDRF volunteers talking about going to Washington, D.C., to talk to Congress, and thought it would be great if children could go, too, because their voice also needed to be heard. Children’s Congress inspires lawmakers to remember the children who live with T1D when making decisions about medical research and voting on other important federal issues relating to diabetes. The young delegates’ stories, told in their own words, are often more powerful than almost any other type of legislator education.

The idea quickly became a well-developed event, first being held in 1999. Since then, seven successful Children’s Congresses have occurred, growing in sophistication, one every other year (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011).

Today, Children’s Congress brings 150 children with T1D, and one parent or guardian each, to Washington, D.C. Children’s Congress participants represent all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several countries around the world. They come together as advocates to meet on Capitol Hill with Members of Congress and other key federal policymakers, to help educate them about the critical need for federal funding of T1D research.

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.