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Juliana Zamora to take diabetes message to Washington, D.C.

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June 14, 2011 | 1,691 views | Post a comment

FLORESVILLE -- Juliana Zamora, 5, is one of about 150 children throughout the United States selected to represent her state on Capitol Hill June 20-22, to remind Congress and the administration of the critical need to find better treatments and a cure for a disease they live with every day -- type 1 diabetes.

Juliana, who lives in Floresville, has been named a delegate representing Texas in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Children’s Congress.

She was selected to Children’s Congress through JDRF’s South Central Texas Chapter in San Antonio. Juliana was diagnosed with diabetes one month before her fourth birthday. The day-to-day fight to stay alive is a struggle for her and her family.

These children -- ages 4 to 17, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia -- will converge on Washington, D.C., and talk about the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes to lawmakers during JDRF’s Children’s Congress 2011. Joining them will be seven international delegates from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, who will partner with U.S. delegates to convey a clear message to the U.S. government that diabetes is a global problem that requires a global effort.

The event, held every other summer, will be led by JDRF’s International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore, who has had type 1 diabetes for about 40 years. The event will include congressional visits by the child delegates and a Senate hearing, during which Moore, select delegates, researchers, and business and community leaders will testify on the need for continued funding for type 1 diabetes research, under the theme of “Promise to Remember Me.”

To learn more about JDRF’s Children’s Congress, visit http://cc.jdrf.org/.

As many as three million Americans may have type 1 diabetes. Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults -- approximately 80 people per day -- are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the United States.

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