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Vol. II, No. 4, February 12, 1999

JDF Announces the first JDF Children's Congress

We are pleased to announce the first JDF Children's Congress, to be held June 20 22! JDF will be sponsoring a relatively small group of children (ages 2 to 17) to come to Washington, DC, with a parent, grandparent, or guardian to participate in special events designed for children to reach out to leading Members of Congress and the Administration to advocate for a cure for diabetes.

The children will attend a special Congressional hearing on diabetes and kids, a luncheon with Members of Congress and celebrities, and participate in an event with senior Administration officials. All these events are designed to ensure the greatest media coverage, both nationally and locally, to raise awareness about the impact of diabetes on children and the need for a cure.

How to Participate

We are asking that all children with diabetes, family members, and friends write letters to their Members of Congress and send them to us (we will make sure they are delivered properly). A task force of JDF volunteers will select the children, representing each state, who will attend the JDF Children's Congress based on a review of all the children's letters received.

Although budget and space constraints will support only a limited number of participants, we believe this to be an extraordinary event, in which everyone can participate by sending letters in support of the event and our search for a cure! Every letter will play a part in our advocacy efforts, though, as they will be delivered during the event -- hopefully tens of thousands of letters will be delivered, making a huge impact on Capitol Hill.

For complete details on how to participate and for the application form/letter, please see the JDF Children's Congress website at Or call your local JDF chapter.

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

Posted 13 February 1999

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