Most teenagers spend their summer without a care in the world. Keira Realmuto isn’t like most teenagers.
At the age of eight, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. But the Roanoke-native isn’t the type to let something like that slow her down.
“I swim, I play soccer, I ride my bike,” Realmuto said. “I do everything a normal kid would do. I just watch my blood sugar when I do it.”
Normal kids don’t go to Washington D.C. to speak with senators and congressmen over summer break, however.
Keira was one of about 160 young people selected to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Children’s Congress. It’s mission – secure funding for Type 1 Diabetes research.
She sat in on a special senate committee today, along with celebrities dealing with the disease, and some medical experts in the field.
She then went to speak with some important people. First it was Congressman Goodlatte. She got right to the point.
“I’m here to ask you to continue to fund the special diabetes program,” Realmuto pointedly asked.
“Good, we’ll definitely be supportive of that,” Congressman Goodlatte said.
Keira and her dad continued meeting important legislators. She had a lengthy meeting with Senator Kaine, along with other Children’s Congress members from Virginia. Then it was off to Senator Warner’s office.
When all was said and done, she felt a sense of accomplishment. I asked her if she thought she made some progress. Her answer was simple and succinct.
“Yes,” she said.