An Opening Refrain Filled With Promise

“Promise to Remember Me” is the name of their song, and when the 161 delegates of JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress raise their voices, it’s impossible to forget. The performance of the Children’s Congress anthem, led this year by singer/songwriter and JDRF Celebrity Advocate Crystal Bowersox, kicked off what promises to be three days of high-energy […]

The Delegates Are Coming!

Independence Day fireworks have all burned down, but JDRF is amping up the excitement! JDRF Children’s Congress, our flagship advocacy event, takes place in Washington, D.C., next week. This biennial event—now one of the largest of its kind—was first held in 1999. This year, it will take Capitol Hill by storm July 8 to 10. […]

Letters From the Cusp of Childhood/Adulthood

You might not be able to eat that doughnut when you have high blood sugar, but you can still become a doctor or a famous baseball player.         By Cindy Chen (17 years old, California) Dear parents, This coming school year, I’ll be a senior?and then it’s off to college. All parents […]

My Friend, My Inspiration

Losing a friend is hard, but losing a friend to T1D is harder.     By Catrina Curtis (15 years old, Mississippi) I can still remember the exact moment, almost three years ago, when my mom told me that my friend Lindsi had passed away. My mom had picked me up from school and was […]

A Numbers Game, or: We Are All Number One

Congratulations, kid, you’re going to Washington! Now what?     By Reed Gialketsis (17 years old, Nevada) At this year’s Children’s Congress, 161 kids and teens will gather in Washington, D.C. But there’s another number that I think deserves attention―the more than 1,300 kids who applied for the event but won’t be going. While I’m […]

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

I will control my T1D. My T1D won’t control me.     By Amelia Rehrman 11 years old, Pennsylvania Hi! My name is Amelia and I am 11 years old. I am so happy to be a 2013 Children’s Congress delegate from Pennsylvania. My favorite hobbies include photography and blogging, so I am taking this […]

Children’s Congress 2013 Welcome Message from Camille Nash

Dear Children’s Congress Delegates and Families: I am thrilled to join you all here in Washington, D.C., for this incredible event! As event co-chair, I am honored to serve next to our wonderful event chair, Angie Platt—a dedicated mother of a child with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and one of JDRF’s most energetic volunteers. Angie […]

Welcome Letter from 2011 Children's Congress Chair Stefany Shaheen

It is my honor and sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 2011 Children’s Congress website. This site is the center for our growing collection of Children’s Congress-related web activities, including our on-line application and interactive blog. This web site offers dynamic features such as videos from the past Children’s Congresses, media clips and articles […]