WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Reed, co-chair of the Diabetes Caucus, announced Monday that he will bring Ben Cornell of Bemus Point as his guest to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Cornell is a 14-year-old with Type 1 diabetes who Reed has gotten to know through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“Diabetes is an issue that touches just about every family in one way or another,” Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area, said. “My son has Type 1 diabetes. My first floor speech in Congress was on the topic of diabetes, and I have continued to put forward policies that will help people impacted by this disease as we work together to find a cure. Ben recently invited me to attend the JDRF of Western New York’s 20th Anniversary Gala to hear him share his story as the ‘Fund a Cure’ speaker, and I am pleased to return the favor by inviting him to the State of the Union.”

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“I would like to thank my congressman for this special invitation,” Cornell said. “You can tell that Type 1 diabetes is an issue he truly cares about, and I appreciate his work to improve the lives of those affected by this disease. I am excited to experience all that goes into this once-in-a lifetime opportunity.”

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