14-Year-Old from Vancouver to Represent Canada at JDRF 2015 Children's Congress
-- Jack is one of 160 selected from a pool of more than 1,500 applicants with type 1 diabetes --
Toronto, Ontario, May 7, 2015—Jack, 14 of Vancouver, has big plans for this summer. He has been selected by JDRF to join 160 other children from around the world in Washington, D.C., to remind U.S. Members of Congress of the vital need to continue supporting research that aims to reduce the burden they all share of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), until a cure is found. These children, ages 4-17, will visit Washington as delegates to JDRF 2015 Children’s Congress, to be held from July 13-15.
The event, held every other summer, will include Congressional visits by the Delegates and a Congressional Committee hearing, during which selected Delegates and T1D celebrity advocates will testify on the need for continued funding for T1D research. These visits serve as a powerful call to our elected lawmakers to remember the struggle of all those living with the disease, and the importance of supporting and funding T1D research.
“We are so proud that Jack will be representing JDRF Canada to raise awareness about T1D in an effort to seek increased support for T1D research.” says Dave Prowten, President and CEO, JDRF Canada. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Jack as Children’s Congress empowers children with a unified voice to convey the message that T1D is a global problem that requires global action.”
“I am so excited to be a part of JDRF’s 2015 Children’s Congress. This will be a once in a lifetime experience and I can’t wait to meet the other delegates!” said Jack. “Together, we're hoping our voices will be heard by the U.S. Senators and Congressmen. I feel so proud in making such a difference for all people with type 1 diabetes. “
For a video of highlights from JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress, please click here.
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About JDRF Children’s Congress
The JDRF Children’s Congress program was inspired by then eight-year-old Tommy Solo from Massachusetts in 1999. He overheard adult JDRF volunteers talking about going to Washington, D.C. to talk to Congress, and thought it would be great if children could go, too, because their voice also needed to be heard. JDRF Children’s Congress inspires lawmakers to remember the children who live with T1D when making decisions about medical research funding and voting on other important Federal Government issues relating to diabetes. The young Delegates’ personal stories, told in their own words, are often more powerful than almost any other type of education a legislator and staff can receive.
Tommy’s idea quickly became a well-developed event, first held in 1999. Since then, eight successful JDRF Children’s Congresses have occurred, growing in sophistication each time, one every other year (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013).
Today, JDRF Children’s Congress brings more than 150 children with T1D, and one parent or guardian each, to Washington, D.C. JDRF Children’s Congress participants represent all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several countries around the world. They come together as advocates to meet on Capitol Hill with Members of Congress and other key federal policymakers, to help educate them about the critical need for federal funding for T1D research.
To learn more about JDRF Children’s Congress, please visit our website at http://cc.jdrf.org/.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. For more information, please visit jdrf.ca
National Communications Specialist, JDRF Canada