WAXHAW – After having suffered migraines and vision-related seizures for months, Kabir Dewan suffered a stroke in the visual cortex of his brain. That’s when doctors diagnosed him with type 1 diabetes.
JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research, has selected the 16-year-old Waxhaw resident to join a delegation of youth advocates next month in Washington, D.C.
Delegates will lobby their representatives in Congress to remind them of the vital need to continue supporting diabetes research that could reduce the burden of this disease and ultimately find a cure.
The children, ages 4 to 17, will participate in numerous activities on the Hill, including a congressional committee hearing to share personal testimonies that highlight the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes and the need for continued funding for research projects such as the Special Diabetes Program.
“Every day our children and we as their parents face the burden of type 1 diabetes, so when these courageous children share their stories, they become powerful advocates in the fight to end this disease,” said Christina Barnes, of JDRF.
Kabir wants to advocate for mandatory blood sugar checks at all annual pediatric check-ups to prevent complications like he experienced from happening to others.
“My family and I look forward to going to Capitol Hill alongside so many other inspiring kids to meet with our senators and representatives,” Kabir said. “Together, we have a chance to make a difference in the lives of people with T1D.”