Erin Safley, 12, is one of nearly 200 children from throughout the U.S. selected to make an emotional pilgrimage to Capitol Hill later this year to remind Congress and the Administration of the critical need to find a cure for a disease they live with every day - juvenile diabetes.
Children with juvenile (type 1) diabetes - ages 2 to 17, from all 50 states and the District of Columbia - will converge on Washington, D.C., to tell their stories and urge lawmakers to help find a cure during the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Children's Congress, June 22 to 24.
Erin Safley, who lives in Peterson, will represent Iowa in the Children's Congress. Led by JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore, the Children's Congress will include Congressional visits by the child delegates and a hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Affairs.
The President and Laura W. Bush are Honorary Co-Chairs of Children's Congress 2003.
Erin, who was selected to Children's Congress through the JDRF Siouxland Branch, was diagnosed with diabetes when nearly 4 years old. The day-to-day fight to stay alive is a struggle for her and her family.
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