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150 Children, Celebrities With Type 1 Diabetes Converge on Capitol Hill for JDRF's Children's Congress 2009
Date:6/23/2009

Kid Delegates Meet Elected Officials, Testify at Senate Hearing, and Urge Legislators To Request Fund Research

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 150 children and teenagers throughout the U.S. with type 1 diabetes are in Washington, D.C. this week to advocate for funding for type 1 diabetes research. They'll be joined by JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore, Nick Jonas of the Grammy nominated multi platinum group The Jonas Brothers, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, and other advocates at the sixth Children's Congress of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Children's Congress, the largest grassroots advocacy event held in support of research for type 1 diabetes, will include a visit with President Barack Obama at the White House, a Town Hall panel of athletes and celebrities impacted by diabetes, and a hearing on Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to request federal funding for diabetes research and remind Congress about the urgent need for a cure for the disease.

The Senate hearing, "Type 1 Diabetes Research: Real Progress and Real Hope for a Cure," will include testimony from Ms. Moore, Mr. Jonas, Mr. Leonard, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and four children with type 1 diabetes. The hearing will be chaired by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). Following the Senate testimony, the delegates and their families will visit individually with their respective Members of Congress to educate for a cure.

A Town Hall panel, "Role Models in Diabetes," on Tuesday will enable delegates to interact with athletes, musicians and doctors who also live with type 1 diabetes - and share their experiences on how they're managing the disease and fulfilling professional careers at the same time. Panelists will inclu
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