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New issue of Countdown: Advocacy on Capitol Hill

October 4, 2011

We are pleased to announce that a special issue of Countdown, devoted to JDRF 2011 Children’s Congress, is now available online. Countdown tells the story of JDRF’s progress toward finding better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes and features news and in-depth analysis about the cutting-edge research JDRF funds and the foundation’s efforts to improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. It also includes messages from JDRF’s leadership, stories about people managing the challenges of daily life with the disease, and news about how JDRF chapters and affiliates worldwide are working to fund more research through fundraising and advocacy.

The September 2011 issue of Countdown includes:

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Convenes Children’s Congress Town Hall: Revisit the special first Town Hall event during Children’s Congress, when U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke candidly to a room of young delegates about her own experience with T1D. The delegates gathered around Justice Sotomayor, captivated, as she described growing up with T1D in the 1960s and how she triumphed in achieving her dream job. [Read More]

JDRF 2011 Children’s Congress Senate Hearing: Join the specially convened Senate hearing, “Transforming Lives through Diabetes Research,” in which actor and JDRF advocate Kevin Kline joined scientific experts and delegates to testify on the research progress achieved through the Special Diabetes Program, and on the urgent need to accelerate testing of the artificial pancreas. [Read More]

Town Hall Role Models Score Points for JDRF Children’s Congress: Sit alongside the young delegates at the second Town Hall event featuring a panel of role models with T1D-Olympic swimmer Gary Hall Jr.; Amazing Race winner Natalie Strand, M.D.; JDRF researcher Aaron Kowalski, Ph.D.; Super Bowl champion football player Kendall Simmons; and LPGA golfer Carling Coffing. Read about the messages of encouragement and personal stories of perseverance these accomplished panelists shared with the delegates. [Read More]

Three Generations of Advocacy: Meet the Shaheens, Children’s Congress Chair Family: Learn about the JDRF 2011 Children’s Congress Chair Family, the Shaheens, get to know three generations of advocates who have joined together in support of T1D research. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), daughter and Children’s Congress Chair Mom Stefany Shaheen, and granddaughter Elle-a Children’s Congress delegate who was diagnosed with T1D at age eight-representing the strength of bringing voices together to make an even greater impact. [Read More]

Letter from Leadership from Mary Tyler Moore: Hear from long-time JDRF advocate and International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore as she discusses the significance of JDRF Children’s Congress in supporting JDRF’s overall mission, and reminisces about the year it all began, in 1999.She also provides an account of this year’s exciting events, extends gratitude to those in Congress who have helped move important diabetes research forward, and reminds everyone of the critical work that lies ahead. [Read More]

Highlights: Learn more about JDRF’s corporate partners and the two recipients of this year’s JDRF Hero Awards-Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky, and Director Griffin Rodgers, M.D., of the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. [Read More]

Read about the details from the JDRF 2011 Children’s Congress Senate hearing, including Kevin Kline’s testimony, and get to know a few of this year’s inspirational delegates. [Read More]

Photo Gallery: Browse the issue’s photo gallery to take a visual tour through some of the most memorable moments from this year’s JDRF Children’s Congress. [See Photos]

To read this current issue and browse past features, visit the Countdown website.

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To learn more about the JDRF Dallas chapter, visit our JDRF Dallas website!

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