JDRF 2015 Children’s Congress will be held in Washington, D.C., from July 13-15, 2015. We expect a record number of applicants this fall and we cannot wait until everyone joins us in Washington for the pre-eminent type 1 diabetes (T1D) advocacy event next summer!
The biennial JDRF Children’s Congress event will bring more than 150 children with T1D and their families to our nation’s capital to meet with their Members of Congress and staff. By traveling to Washington and meeting with national lawmakers, children and young adults living with T1D get the opportunity to put a very personal face to the disease, showing our elected officials just how T1D affects them daily – while also reminding them just how important it is that we continue funding research.
The JDRF Children’s Congress event week consists of Capitol Hill visits to respective delegates’ Member offices, a legislative hearing about continued federal T1D research funding, a town hall style event with T1D celebrity advocates, and of course, the important opportunity for JDRF’s delegates and their families to build relationships within the T1D community itself. Additionally, the relationships built between T1D advocates and their Members of Congress are meant to last, as advocates help remind Congressional Members the importance of uninterrupted federal funding for type one research through the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and beyond.