More than 150 lobbyists are headed to Capitol Gill Monday to fight for funding for Type 1 diabetes research.
The catch: they’re all children, some as young as four years old.
One of them is a Copper Hill native who has spent the last few months giving speeches, writing letters, and making videos to get the word out.
Her last stop was the WFXR studio, her final pitch before she meets with top lawmakers face-to-face.
Ten-year-old Jamie Deremer hasn’t spent much time poolside this summer.
Instead she’s been pushing for research funding for Type 1 diabetes, a condition she shares with more than a million other americans – that’s according to the American Diabetes Association.
She’s specifically supporting the Special Diabetes Program, a government effort that’s put $2.76 billion toward T1D research since 1998.
“This is important because we can renew the special diabetes program because it is expiring in September and it’s important to me so we can lower the cost of insulin and diabetic supplies,” she said.
Jamie is part of JDRF Children’s Congress, an advocacy mission that sends children from all 50 states to give personal accounts of the disease.
She says it’s important that she speak for herself.
“It’s also important for kids to do this because they then may actually renew the special diabetes program for kids and even adults who have it so that’s pretty cool,” she said.