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Remarks by Jeff Hitchcock at the showing of the Quilt for Life in Washington, DC, August 4, 2008

August in Washington, DC can be hot. It was very hot nineteen years ago. Our daughter Marissa was always thirsty, but it wasn’t from the heat. Nineteen years ago, just a few blocks away at Children’s Hospital here in DC, Marissa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Before us is the Children with Diabetes Quilt for Life, with 675 quilt panels, each of which began with a similar story. The Quilt for Life is a celebration of our children, of their hopes, their dreams, and their aspirations. The Quilt for Life is an affirmation of our families and a reminder that children with diabetes can and do lead wonderful lives.

I would like to thank the many volunteers who met the dawn today and who will see the sunset tomorrow so that the Quilt for Life could be shared here in Washington, DC.

I would like to thank our partners, Abbott Diabetes Care, Bayer Healthcare – Diabetes Care, Sanofi Aventis, Roche Diagnostics, LifeScan, and Animas, for their compassion and support for Children with Diabetes and the Quilt for Life.

And now I would like to introduce my friend, Dr. Ken Moritsugu.

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