The beginning of August 2013 marked the start of a very important effort in the JDRF Advocacy community, JDRF’s Promise to Remember Me Campaign! Shortly after wrapping up JDRF’s 2013 Children’s Congress and JDRF’s One Conference, Advocacy volunteer-leaders began to launch Promise efforts in their local chapters’ communities to help families impacted with type 1 diabetes (T1D) meet with their Members of Congress. During Promise meetings, T1D advocates help raise awareness about the importance of continued research and renewing the Special Diabetes Program, which funds critical diabetes research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Why the amazing feat, you ask? Simple, since August of this year, T1D advocate families have met with nearly 350 Members of Congress back home in their state and local district offices, sharing the importance of T1D research, and have helped document their efforts on the Promise site in an engaging and interactive manner. Check out the site and click on your state’s map to see our advocates’ completed meetings!
This year’s Promise Campaign is also so amazing because of the hurdles many of the volunteer-leaders had to overcome. For starters, in past years Promise has been a nine month effort that started in August, but this year Promise will end with the beginning of the New Year, that’s only five short months! October of 2013 also held a government shutdown right in the middle of the nationwide campaign effort, forcing many Promise meeting to be canceled or rescheduled. However, Advocacy volunteer-leaders took all this in stride and kept pushing forward—it won’t be a surprise if over 350 meetings with Members of Congress are completed!
The JDRF Advocacy team gives a heartfelt THANKS to its volunteer-leaders and advocates who have gone above and beyond to complete some very impactful meetings, all in an effort to ensure that we keep moving towards turning type one into type none! Thank YOU!