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JDRF Advocates help build and sustain critical support for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research funded by the Federal Government by raising awareness among Members of Congress of the financial, medical and emotional costs of the disease.

What is grassroots advocacy?


with lawmakers and their staff

Writing and Calling

Members of Congress through campaigns


and signing petitions


our stories of living with T1D


others to raise their voices


and recruiting new advocates

Become an advocate

Use your voice to help secure legislative support for research, influence sound policymaking and improve the quality of life for all those affected by T1D—until we find a cure.


One Voice working with Congress

You may not be aware that crucial Federal Government funding for T1D research isn’t automatically renewed each year—or that new technologies and therapies require broad constituent advocacy to get regulatory approval and delivered faster to patients.

JDRF Children’s Congress

Every two years, we bring more than 160 children with T1D to Washington, D.C., to meet with top national decision makers. At JDRF Children’s Congress, these children—ages 4 to 17—tell Members of Congress what it’s like to live with T1D and explain why Federal Government support for research is so important.

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JDRF Promise to Remember Me

This biennial campaign prepares JDRF Advocates to meet locally with their U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators in Congress—while back in their home states and District offices—to establish personal relationships and explain how regulatory and health policy changes can deliver new therapies for T1D.

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One Voice making progress

JDRF Advocacy efforts complement JDRF fundraising—for every dollar JDRF invests in research, the Federal Government provides more than $3! Our many achievements over the years include leading national advocacy efforts for T1D research progress.

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Become an advocate

Become a JDRF Advocate by texting “ACTION” to 53731 or sign up online.

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