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Vol. I, No. 6, August 21, 1998

Miss America Contestants Support Diabetes Research

Miss Virginia 1998, Nicole Johnson, and Miss New York 1998, Deanna Herrera, are competing on September 19 for the Miss America title. However, last month, they joined forces with JDF to advocate for increased diabetes research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Both Ms. Johnson and Ms. Herrera have type 1 diabetes and use an insulin pump. Each has also committed to using her reign as state pageant winner to advocate for diabetes-related issues, especially the need to find a cure through the support of research. Should either one win the Miss America competition, this diabetes platform will be advanced nationally.

During meetings with members of the Virginia and New York Congressional delegations, Ms. Johnson and Ms. Herrera asked for a 15-percent increase for the NIH and the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to build a foundation for a substantial increase in diabetes research funding across the NIH. They also asked their representatives to join the Congressional Diabetes Caucus.

Please be sure to support both Ms. Johnson and Ms. Herrera during the competition in Atlantic City on September 19.

For pictures of their days on Capitol Hill, please see the JDF WWW site at

Help us Find Additional JDFADVOCATES

JDF would like to substantially expand its list of email advocates to ensure that even more people read these updates and help us achieve our goal of finding a cure for diabetes and its complications. Please take a moment to forward this message to relatives, friends, and colleagues who also support our mission and would like to sign up to receive these free updates on diabetes-related legislative action and public policy events in Washington, D.C. In order to subscribe, just send an e-mail to

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1VOTE ex. 5 (800-533-1868)

Posted 23 August 1998

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