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Meet Flash, Advocacy Team Chair for the JDRF East Tennessee Chapter

Flash Black is the Advocacy Team Chair for the JDRF East Tennessee Chapter. He became involved with JDRF when his son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of two. The local chapter of JDRF (then called the JDF) reached out while his son was still in the hospital, and Flash and […]

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Meet Andrea, Advocacy Team Chair for the JDRF North Florida Chapter

Andrea Carlile is the Advocacy Team Chair (ATC) for the JDRF North Florida Chapter. She and her son, Crew attended the JDRF 2017 Children’s Congress in Washington, DC together! Andrea’s first type 1 diabetes (T1D) connection was her brother, who was diagnosed as an adult during his final year of graduate school. Later on, her […]

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Interning in the JDRF Advocacy Office – Savanna’s Story

Hello! My name is Savanna Vance and I am from Pekin, IL, a town about 2.5 hours north of Chicago, IL. I recently graduated Cum Laude from Eureka College in Eureka, IL with a B.S. in Sociology and Psychology with the Outstanding Graduate Award in Sociology and Psychology. I am so excited to grow and […]

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Meet Amanda, one of our summer Advocacy interns!

Hi, all! I’m Amanda Bethel, and I’m a Metro-Detroit native pursuing my BA in Political Science/Pre-Law at Michigan State University. My blood runs green for my school – but with a little extra sugar. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) during my sophomore year of high school, following a scary transition from being […]

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Watch JDRF’s 2013 Children’s Congress Highlights!

Our JDRF Advocacy team is excited to share with you the 2013 Children’s Congress (CC13) Highlight Video. Not only can you watch the CC13 delegates in action during last summer’s main event, but also see their work in meetings up on Capitol Hill, a ‘Role Models in Diabetes’ town hall session, and ending with a […]

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Happy Holidays and a Year-End SDP Update!

As the year comes to a close, JDRF Advocacy wanted to update you one last time. This week, the Senate will close out its legislative work for 2013 and, like the House of Representatives, will be in recess until the first week of January. In the last update, the Senate Finance Committee agreed to move […]

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A Breaking Update On Special Diabetes Program Renewal

Earlier today our team was pleased to send an email out to all JDRF Advocates to share some breaking news related to one possible pathway for a Special Diabetes Program (SDP) renewal. In case you missed the email, we’ll share the details here with you now. And as always, be among the first to hear […]

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Make JDRF Advocacy Part of Your Holidays

It’s that time of year again where you know the leaves are turning and everyone is getting ready for the coming holidays and time with loved-ones. This year, while you spend time out and about with family and friends we want you to know that we’re thankful for YOU and the support you helped us […]

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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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A Look Past Children’s Congress

This summer has been a whirlwind with Children’s Congress, Promise to Remember Me kicking off and looking ahead to the Special Diabetes Program renewal , however, we have been fortunate enough to have four, energetic interns working in the Advocacy office to keep us focused. They have all left us and returned to their respective […]

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