Emmabella meets with Congressman Buchanan to ask him to support the Special Diabetes Program.
Emmabella had big plans last summer! She was chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants with Type 1 Diabetes selected as a Children's Congress delegate.
She was selected by JDRF to join 150 other children from around the country in Washington, D.C., to remind their Members of Congress of the vital need to continue supporting research that aims to reduce the burden they all share, of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), until a cure becomes available.
“I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 5 years old, says Emmabella. JDRF has been a vital part of my life ever since, our family has fundraised for JDRF for ten years, raising $200,000. I applied to Children’s Congress with the hope of letting my voice be heard by telling my story and why curing Type 1 Diabetes is so important to me, my family, and the millions of others that live with this difficult disease.”
During her visit to Washington D.C. Emmabella met with Congressman Buchanan, Senator Nelson, and Vice President Biden. She spoke to the legislators about the importance of renewing the Special Diabetes Program to continue T1D research. Emmabella told her personal story, which is similar to all those living with this devastating disease, and explained why we need to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes!
Emmabella was joined by 150 delegates from around the country, as well as celebrity and athlete advocates that live with the disease as well. She was excited to meet Crystal Bowersox (American Idol finalist), Gary Hall (Olympic Swimmer), Jean Smart (Actress), Ray Allen (Miami Heat), Charlie Kimball (IndyCar Racer), Sam Talbot (Top Chef), Mary Mouser (Actress), and Nicole Johnson (Miss America 1999).
"I am so thankful for this opportunity, says Emmabella. It empowered me, and made me believe that I can make a difference! I do believe we will cure Type 1 Diabetes! I along with many other JDRF advocates won't stop until we do!"