Haley Van Schaick, Ryan and Aaron Gold, all with Type 1 diabetes participated in a meeting with Congressman Jim Gerlach in Washington DC as they advocated for diabetes research funds. The three were part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Government Day on March 15, 2011 when hundreds of citizens met with Congress people to encourage funding for diabetes research.
Haley, 16 (diagnosed when she was 11) is on both a pump and a continuous glucose monitor. She writes about her day, “I was telling them about how even though these machines are great, they are not perfect and they are in no way a cure. I mentioned the scars that diabetes leaves on my body and how one day it would be nice to look at myself without that remembrance. “
Ryan, and his twin brother, Aaron (age 9) were diagnosed a year and a half apart from each other. Both boys write, “We were asking the congressmen to support a bill for the artificial pancreas. We also asked them not to cut the budget that supports diabetes. They seemed supportive and hopefully will sign the bill.”
Haley was also encouraged and said, “I had an amazing time doing the JDRF government day. It was fun, and I learned a lot. I think by going we made a huge difference. Through learning about the artificial pancreas and learning about the cure funding, I have no doubt in my mind that one day I will be diabetes free.”
We thank Haley, Ryan and Aaron for taking the time to meet with their Congressman. We hope that the time spent in Washington pays off and that one day there will be a cure for diabetes.