JDRF Northern Nevada is sending a unique delegation to Washington, D.C. this summer for the JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress taking place from July 8 – 10.
Two young men from Reno, Grant Hooks, age 16, and Matthew Mullen, age 14, have been selected by JDRF to join 150 other children (ages 4 to 17) from around the country to remind their Members of Congress of the vital need to continue supporting research that aims to reduce the burden they all share, of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), until a cure becomes available.
A talented athlete—he plays football and runs track, and is already on a varsity team—Grant also plays the part of an advocate. In addition to attending JDRF Walks, he has participated in a clinical trial, and he helps raise awareness by educating his church community about the disease. He is learning to play the guitar, enjoys reading, and plans to attend a good college someday. Learn more about Grant.
As Family Chair for the JDRF Northern Nevada Walk to Cure Diabetes last year, Matthew puts his money—and his support —where his mouth is. He distributes Bags of Hope to newly diagnosed kids in the hospital, and participates in Walks and Galas each year. In addition to his outreach efforts, Matthew is a straight-A student who enjoys swimming, snowboarding, and exercising. Learn more about Matthew.
Children’s Congress, held every other summer, will include congressional visits by the delegates and a Senate hearing, during which JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore and select delegates and advocates will testify on the need for continued funding for T1D research, under the theme of “Promise to Remember Me.”