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Jun 6, 2011 12:24 PM

Two Arizona kids with diabetes to head to Congress

TUCSON - Two children from Southern Arizona will travel to Washington D.C. later this month to remind Congress of the need for research funding for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Five-year-old Brody Warwick, of Tucson and 11-year-old LeAnne Grinder, of Yuma, have been named Arizona delegates representing the foundation in this year's Children's Congress.

Held every other year since 1999, Children's Congress is an event to support research for a cure for type 1 diabetes, calling on lawmakers in Congress to remember the plight of those who suffer from the disease.

"All of the children and their families can confirm that type 1 diabetes tests our will and determination to live a normal life," said JDRF Chairman Mary Tyler Moore, who has had type 1 diabetes for 40 years. "With JDRF's Children's Congress, we are able to put faces to a disease that places an enormous toll on our nation. It is also a reminder for Congress that their partnership in the fight to find better treatments."

Warwick and Grinder will head to Capitol Hill on June 20, where they will share a poignant story about being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and the day-to-day struggles they face.

To learn more about JDRF's Children's Congress, please visit our Children's Congress website at http://cc.jdrf.org/.

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