Nick Jonas to Testify for JDRF at Senate Hearing on the Need for Federal Funding of Type 1 Diabetes Research

Nick Jonas to Testify for JDRF at Senate Hearing on the Need for Federal Funding for Type 1 Diabetes Research

Contact       
Joana Casas, JDRF Media Relations                 
Phone: (212) 479-7560, Cell: (973) 687-6085, Email: mcasas@jdrf.org

Bill Ahearn, JDRF Media Relations
Phone: (212) 479-7531, Email: wahearn@jdrf.org  

 WHO: Nick Jonas of the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum group The Jonas Brothers, will testify for JDRF before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to request federal funding for diabetes research, and remind Congress about the urgent need for a cure for a disease he lives with every day- type 1 diabetes.  Jonas, 16, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 13 years old.

He will join JDRF International Chairman and actress Mary Tyler Moore, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and a group of children from around the U.S. with type 1 diabetes.

 WHAT: This group will provide testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in “Type 1 Diabetes Research: Real Progress and Real Hope for a Cure,” as part of JDRF’s Children’s Congress 2009.
 WHEN: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 – 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. (Eastern)

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, will host Children’s Congress 2009 from June 22-24 in Washington D.C.  Children’s Congress 2009 will bring 150 children with type 1 diabetes to Capitol Hill to seek additional funds from Congress for diabetes research.  Children’s Congress 2009 delegates, representing all 50 states, will provide Senate testimony and meet with their elected officials.  For more information, please visit http://www.cc.jdrf.org/.