RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph JDRF Youth Advocates Arianna Gehan and Keyonna Murray traveled to the United States Capitol July 8-10 to meet with Congressional Representatives on the importance of funding the Special Diabetes Program and lowering the price of life sustaining insulin. They joined over 160 youth delegates and celebrity role models from across the country as part of the three-day JDRF Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C. to advocate for ongoing research funding, treatment affordability, and choice of therapies to help those with type 1 diabetes (T1D) stay healthy until there is a cure.

After meeting with Children’s Congress delegates Senators Shaheen, Collins, Carper, and Cramer introduced a bill to create a more affordable pricing model for insulin, the Insulin Price Reduction Act. Delegates are still hoping that their stories and testimonies will secure $150 million in annual funding for T1D research through the Special Diabetes Program before the current funding expires September 30th.

Arianna and Keyonna returned more inspired and empowered to advocate for continued funding of life-changing research which will find a cure for T1D.

You can support their efforts by joining the JDRF 5K Walk which will take place 10AM on October 13 at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna, or by visiting their walk team page and donating.