WEST CALDWELL, NJ — A Washington School third grader on a mission to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes was recognized at Tuesday’s West Caldwell Township Council meeting for recently being chosen as one of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Children of Congress.
As a patient of Type 1 diabetes, Isabella “Isa” Rosa dreams of a day when diabetes is eradicated. In addition to presenting the 8 year old with a proclamation honoring her testimony before congress and an “Outstanding Citizenship Award” medal, West Caldwell Mayor Joseph Tempesta and members of the council declared Oct. 18, 2017 as Isabella Rosa Day in West Caldwell.
“My one dream is, one day my mom walk home from the pharmacy and she will have a bottle that says ‘Diabetes Cure,’” said Isa. “She will give me it and then my diabetes will be cured.”
Isa was one of nearly 160 children ages four to 17 to be chosen to meet with United States Senators and members of Congress as an ambassador for children with Type 1 diabetes. Over the summer, she traveled to the nation’s capital for a one-in-a-lifetime experience that teaches children suffering from Type 1 diabetes that “little voices can lead to big change.”
She was accompanied on Tuesday by her parents, grandparents, and younger brother, Antonio, as well as Jessica Backofen, executive director Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter.
“I have Type 2 diabetes so sometimes I struggle too,” Tempesta said to Isa. “Stay in touch with me, I’d like to see how you’re doing as you continue to grow. We wish you nothing but the best and thank you for everything that you’ve done for us.”
In addition to her love for drawing, writing, reading and gymnastics, Isa enjoys walking and fundraising for those with Type 1 diabetes. She attends diabetes camp during the summer and currently intends on returning every year and eventually becoming a counselor.
To learn more about Isa’s experience as a delegate to the JDRF 2017 Children’s Congress, read her story HERE.