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Interning in the JDRF Advocacy Office – Emily’s Story

Hi there! I’m Emily Swide, a San Francisco Bay Area native and a senior in the Undergraduate Legal Studies department of UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at age nine, and will be celebrating my 13th dia-birthday this coming August. My older sister Stephanie is also a T1D veteran, having […]

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Meet Pam Howland, Idaho’s Advocacy Team Chair

Pam Howland is an Advocacy Team Chair (ATC) for JDRF’s Idaho Branch, part of the Utah Chapter / Mountain-Pacific Region, based in Boise, Idaho. Her T1D connection is through her nine-year-old daughter, Kennedy, who was diagnosed four years ago as a kindergartner. Pam originally got involved with JDRF through her close friend and colleague whose […]

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Meet Mary Lou, Western NY’s Advocacy Team Chair

Mary Lou Notaro is the Advocacy Team Chair for JDRF’s Western New York Chapter. She has had type 1 diabetes (T1D) for more than twenty years and also interacts with many T1D patients as community pharmacist. She became involved with JDRF Advocacy after a patient and friend on the Western New York Board of Directors […]

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Here’s Leigh, Advocacy Team Chair from the Western PA Chapter!

Leigh Ann Hopkins represents JDRF Advocacy in Western Pennsylvania. Her connection to type 1 diabetes (T1D) is her eighteen-year-old son, Dan, who was diagnosed eight years ago. She became involved with JDRF after her son decided he wanted to start a Walk team. “The overwhelming support he/we felt from that event made JDRF very near […]

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Meet Rosemary, Eastern PA Advocacy Team Chair

Rosemary Fuller is the Advocacy Team Chair for JDRF’s Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter. Her connection to type 1 diabetes (T1D) is her now twenty-one-year-old son, Cameron, who was diagnosed on his seventh birthday. She turned to JDRF for support soon after moving to the United States from Scotland after Cameron had a frightening hypoglycemic episode. “It […]

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Here’s Karen, the Advocacy Team Chair for JDRF New England

Karen McChesney is  the Advocacy Team Chair for the JDRF New England Chapter. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) when she was five years old, and her sister, Lauren, has had diabetes since she was three. Karen’s family had been involved with JDRF fundraising events since her sister’s diagnosis, but Karen did not […]

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Advocacy Efforts Remain Critical to the Renewal of the Special Diabetes Program

We are more than halfway through January and we’d like to highlight all of the milestones of 2013 as we look forward to another big year for JDRF Advocacy in 2014. The second half of 2013 was a whirlwind for JDRF’s Advocacy team. It featured an outpouring of support for renewal of the SDP, starting […]

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Cameron a Promise Veteran #ThrowBackThursday

Cameron doesn’t need much in the way of an introduction, so without further ado, meet Cameron! Hi. My name is Cameron Crouse, I am a thirteen years years old and I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I was diagnosed with type one diabetes (T1D) a month before my third birthday. After my diagnosis in May of […]

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Almost 200 Promise Meetings!

JDRF Advocates have met with 191 Members of Congress in their district offices as part of the Promise to Remember Me and New Member Outreach Initiative Campaigns so far this year. These campaigns provide Advocates the opportunity to share their T1D stories and stress the importance of federal funding for diabetes research with their legislators. […]

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"Promise" to Tell Your T1D Story this Year

JDRF enjoys a reputation as one of the most effective advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C. That reputation is a direct result of the personal relationships our advocates have developed with their Members of Congress and staff—both in Washington and back in state and local district offices. Established in 2000, JDRF’s Promise to Remember Me Campaign […]

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