Welcome to JDRF Advocacy!
I’m Camille Nash, National Volunteer Chair of JDRF Advocacy. My daughter Julia was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 2000 at 12 years of age. In that emotional time, I promised her I would do everything in my power to make sure we found a cure for type 1. Being an advocate has given me this opportunity. As advocates, we turn passion into action!
What makes JDRF Advocacy successful? YOU! If you want to make a difference for people living with type 1 and have a willingness to share your story, I invite you to become an advocate. You will become part of a nationwide community of advocates that joins together, creating relationships with each other and with elected legislators around the country, to ensure funding remains strong for type 1 research.
As an advocate, you will receive periodic updates about important legislative issues and campaigns that help move research forward. The strength of our voice lies in our passion and our numbers. Making a difference couldn’t be easier!
Through the ‘Promise To Remember Me Campaign’ , the ‘JDRF Children’s Congress’ bi-annual event, and other advocacy efforts, advocates provide firsthand knowledge and experience of living with type 1. For many legislators, meeting JDRF families is their first opportunity to learn about type 1 diabetes. Advocates share with legislators their challenges of living with type 1 and their hopes for a cure. I am continually impressed by the passion, persistence and power of persuasion of our advocates.
How successful is the community of JDRF Advocates? VERY! Advocates have played a vital role in engaging legislators and creating support for multi-year renewals of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). Since its inception in 1997, the SDP has provided $1.9 billion through the NIH for type 1 research, resulting in treatments and management used every day to help people live better lives with type 1. YOU can help us continue to let key lawmakers know the importance of continued, uninterrupted funding for this critical research program.
I know that life for Julia and others with type 1 is better, safer and healthier than when she was diagnosed over a decade ago, because of research that has provided better tools, treatments and therapies. But living with type 1 remains a challenge and it’s imperative that research continues to build on the advances already made, until we get to our ultimate goal – a cure!
As a JDRF Advocate, You become a powerful force in moving this research forward and making a difference for all those with type 1. Welcome again and I look forward to working together to support research that will treat, prevent and one day bring a cure for type 1 diabetes. Take a moment if you will please advocate, and tell us who or what motivates you!
Thank you for all that you do,
National Volunteer Chair of JDRF Advocacy