In 2013, at age 11, Emmabella was selected to attend JDRF Children's Congress.
Every two years, more than 160 children living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) gather in Washington, D.C., to meet face-to-face with some of the top decision-makers in the U.S. government. The children, ages 4 to 17, represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The delegates in JDRF’s Children’s Congress enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help Members of Congress understand what life with T1D is like and why research to fund life-changing therapies until a cure can be found is so critical. They speak up on behalf of the millions of people living with T1D and the families and friends who love them.
During her time at Children's Congress, Emmabella had the opportunity to meet Vice President Joe Biden, sit in and participate in a committee hearing in the Capitol, and advocate to several of the Congressman and Senators that represent her.
Emmabella speaking at JDRF Children's Congress 2013.