Partners Working Toward a Cure

CC13 Corp Partner Luncheon_1

Left to right: Jeffrey Brewer, Nicole Johnson, Jackie Giovanoni (Lilly Diabetes), Matthew Butler, Gwen Woehler, Anna Arntsen, Emma Arntsen, Sandy Kalter (Medtronic), Chip Zimliki (Medtronic), Katie Szyman (Medtronic), Elizabeth Brakebill (Ford), Andrew Navetta, Amber Otto, Jim Petisce (BD Medical—Diabetes Care), Michel Farhat (Novo Nordisk), Hannah Gammon, Anders Kristensen, Rachel Rhee, Gilad Waldman, Cecilia Parker, Carrie Garfield (Marshalls), Cindy Chen, Ken Latham (Marshalls), Sarah Spielvogel (Novo Nordisk)

“As I look at everyone here, I am reminded once again that we are all part of one big JDRF family.” Nicole Johnson, Dr.PH, MPA, MA, Miss America 1999, and a member of JDRF’s International Board of Directors, opened the JDRF Children’s Congress Corporate and Industry Partners Recognition Luncheon with these words. “Our family includes … our exceptional corporate and industry partners … They champion our mission. And they are our champions. We are so pleased to honor them today.”

Several delegates assisted Nicole in presenting the JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress Awards to our generous partners, and representatives of several companies spoke to the kids and families.

National Elite Partner
Advance Auto Parts

Accepted on behalf of Advance Auto Parts by delegates from the company’s headquarter markets: Matthew Butler (13, Virginia) and Anna Arntsen (11, Minnesota)

National Elite Partner
Ford Motor Company

Presented by Andrew Navetta (7), a delegate from Ford’s headquarter market of Michigan

Accepted by Elizabeth Brakebill, legislative analyst and outreach coordinator at Ford

National Elite Partner

Presented by Gilad Waldman (14), a delegate from Marshalls’ headquarter market of Massachusetts

Accepted by Carrie Garfield, Marshalls public relations supervisor, and Ken Latham, district manager for Marshalls’ New York Region

Children’s Congress Hospitality Sponsor
Novo Nordisk

Presented by Anders Kristensen (16), the delegate from Novo Nordisk’s international headquarter market of Denmark, and Amber Otto (11), a delegate from the company’s U.S. headquarter market of New Jersey

Accepted by Michel Farhat, senior director of professional associations relations strategy at Novo Nordisk

Children’s Congress Snack Break Sponsor
BD Medical—Diabetes Care

Presented by Rachel Rhee (11), a delegate from BD’s headquarter market of New Jersey

Accepted by Jim Petisce, senior staff engineer at BD Medical—Diabetes Care

Children’s Congress Supporting Sponsor

Accepted on behalf of Genentech by two delegates: Hannah Gammon (15), from the company’s headquarter market of California, and Cecilia Parker (14), from Washington, D.C., home of the Genentech Foundation

Children’s Congress Presenting Sponsor
Lilly Diabetes

Presented by Gwen Woehler (15), a delegate from Lilly’s headquarter market of Indiana

Accepted by Jackie Giovanoni, director of advocacy and professional relations at Lilly Diabetes

Children’s Congress Presenting Sponsor

Presented by two delegates: Emma Arntsen (13), from Minnesota, home of the Medtronic Foundation, and Cindy Chen (17), Medtronic Diabetes’ headquarter market of California

Accepted by Katie Szyman, president of Medtronic Diabetes

JDRF President and CEO Jeffrey Brewer also spoke at the luncheon. “These partners play a crucial role in accelerating our fundraising for research to help us achieve our vision of a world without type 1 diabetes,” he said. “They build and strengthen our efforts in exceptional ways.”

From all of us at JDRF, thank you to our corporate and industry partners for helping to make Children’s Congress 2013 the immense success it was!


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Children’s Congress Delegate Blog

We invited five delegates to write a very special series—the very first Children’s Congress Delegate Blog! In the weeks leading up to their trip to Washington, D.C., these delegates gave us their thoughts on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happy glucose control. But most importantly, they let us know just what it means to them to be delegates of Children’s Congress 2013. Read on.

Jonathan Platt — 9 years old, California
Children’s Congress 2013 Chair Kid

Bring On Children’s Congress!

Delegate Do’s and Don’ts: How to Make the Most of Children’s Congress

Catrina Curtis — 15 years old, Mississippi

My Sweet Sixteen on Capitol Hill

My Friend, My Inspiration

Amelia Rehrman  11 years old, Pennsylvania

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Capitol Hill Essentials

Reed Gialketsis — 17 years old, Nevada

A Numbers Game, or: We Are All Number One

Word to the Wise: A T1D Slang Dictionary

Cindy Chen — 17 years old, California

Life Under the Microscope: My Summer as a Research Intern

Letters From the Cusp of Childhood/Adulthood

The Delegates Are Coming!


An Opening Refrain Filled With Promise

Children’s Congress Photo Gallery: Monday


The Role of a Lifetime

Partners Working Toward a Cure

Children’s Congress Photo Gallery: Tuesday


Many Happy Returns

Children’s Congress Rocks Capitol Hill

Young Diabetes Advocates Take Capitol Hill by Storm

Children’s Congress Photo Gallery: Wednesday