Jack Stuart is headed for Capitol Hill!
14- year- old Vancouver native and long-time JDRF advocate, Jack Stuart is packing his bags and heading for Capitol Hill. Jack was selected to be one of 160 children from around the world to visit Washington, D.C., for the JDRF 2015 Children’s Congress taking place from July 13-15.
Jack’s involvement with JDRF began the same year that he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 2006. Jack was only 5 years old then. His family was introduced to JDRF when he was newly diagnosed in the hospital. His parents could see how the disease was deeply affecting their family, especially Jack’s sister, and knew that it would be important for all of them to make an impact on T1D research and the future of this devastating disease.
As a newly diagnosed family, the Stuart’s attended the TELUS Walk in Vancouver. They were overwhelmed by the amount of support and passion that they saw there, and were inspired to become more active participants. In their first year, Jack’s team only had 7 walkers, each year the numbers started to grow, and now Team Jack of Hearts has one of the largest family teams in the country!
Aside from having one of the largest family teams in Canada, Jack is also an active JDRF Youth Ambassador. Jack has had the opportunity to speak at several occasions including an event honouring Boston Pizza’s Jim Treliving that hosted over 800 attendees. In 2012, Jack was one of the 40 young advocates who travelled to Parliament Hill for JDRF Kids for Cure Lobby Day to speak about the challenges of living with T1D and to demonstrate to Members of Parliament how JDRF-funded research is improving lives and getting closer to finding a cure. Since becoming a JDRF Youth Ambassador, Jack has inspired many young Canadians to take a more active role in advocating for T1D research.
We recently spoke to Jack about his upcoming trip to Washington and Jack so eloquently told us that he is most looking forward to representing all of the Canadian children living with T1D. Jack’s goal in Washington is to make it clear that there needs to be broader awareness of T1D, and more funds allocated to research in search of a cure. Jack’s passion, drive and commitment to educating and fundraising are what make him a great representative for our country.
Jack we are so proud of everything you have accomplished and thank you very much for your continued effort to raise awareness for T1D research. We have no doubt that you will be successful on your trip and look forward to hearing all about it when you return!