Seventh Grade Student Participates in JDRF Children’s Congress

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This past summer, seventh grade student Peter C. participated in the JDRF Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C. The delegates involved came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and spend their three days helping Congress understand what life is like with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Peter was one of four delegates from Virginia, and one of 163 participants selected from more than 1,600 applications. During his time in Washington, D.C. he met with staff of Senators Warner and Kaine, and with Congressman Robert Hurt with the goal of gaining support for funding and research. During these meetings he also asked them to support the Special Diabetes Program and the Medicare CGM Act.

While meeting with Congressman Hurt, Peter was able to visit the floor of the House of Representatives and cast votes on his behalf, and was introduced to Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Congressman Paul Ryan. Congressman Hurt then took Peter on a tour of the Capitol, including the Speaker’s Balcony.

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