Hey parents, I'm an 18 year old who attended JDRF's Children's Congress back in 2003. This ended up kick-starting my many years of diabetes advocacy efforts... and now that Children's Congress 2011 (see the website and application at http://cc.jdrf.org/) is right around the corner, I just wanted to kind of reach out and let people know what a wonderful opportunity this is! For those of you who haven't heard of Children's Congress before: Anyone who is 4-17 years old and has Type 1 diabetes can apply to go to Children's Congress. About 150 kids are selected, and they all get to travel to Washington, DC and attend meetings with legislators on Capitol Hill to explain why we need federal funding for diabetes research so we can find a cure. A few delegates get to testify at a Senate hearing on diabetes, and everyone also has the opportunity to meet celebs with Type 1 (such as Nick Jonas, who came to Children's Congress in 2009). If you have been to CWD's Friends for Life, just imagine a similar event taking place in Washington, DC - with the same feeling of a close community getting together to do something about this disease and make lifelong friends at the same time (alas, there is no exhibit hall!). I really, really enjoyed my experience in 2003. Also, it was my mom who encouraged me to apply for Children's Congress; I didn't decide to apply on my own. As an 11 year-old, I had no clue that there was an event like this where I could have my voice heard in such a big way. Since kids as young as 4 can come to Children's Congress, I'm posting here on the "parents" forum to encourage you guys to think about this!