Ten-year-old Jamie Deremer of Copper Hill has been selected by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to join a delegation of youth advocates in Washington, D.C., from July 8-10 at JDRF’s 2019 Children’s Congress. The delegates will be lobbying their members of Congress to remind them of the vital need to continue supporting Type 1 diabetes research that could reduce the burden of this disease and ultimately find a cure.
These children — ages 4 to 17, representing all 50 states — will participate in a number of activities, including a Congressional Committee hearing to share personal testimonies that highlight the challenges of living with T1D and the need for continued funding for research projects such as the Special Diabetes Program. Joining the U.S. delegates will be five international delegates traveling from Australia, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
JDRF Children’s Congress was inspired by then-8-year-old Tommy Solo from Massachusetts. He overheard adult JDRF volunteers talking about going to D.C. to talk to Congress and thought it was important that children go, too, and make their voices heard. 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 and every other year since then.
“I am so excited to be a part of the JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress delegation and to share my family’s story with people who can make a huge impact on T1D research,” said Jamie. “I look forward to visiting Capitol Hill to talk about my story and inspire others to be brave every day.”
Submitted by Charlotte Kidd