JDRF’s Children’s Congress 2013 will be held in Washington, D.C., from July 8-10. We had a record number of applicants this year and we cannot wait until everyone joins us in Washington for the big event this summer!
The biannual Children’s Congress event will bring more than 160 children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their families to Washington, D.C., to meet with their Members of Congress and staff. By traveling to D.C. and meeting with 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 reminding them just how important it is that we continue funding research.
The Children’s Congress event week consists of Hill visits to respective offices, a legislative hearing about continued T1D research funding, a town hall style event with JDRF 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 1 research through the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and beyond.