Eight-year-old Anya Tribune of Charlotte is one of 150 children nationwide who were selected to participate in the Children's Congress, a program by JDRF in Washington, D.C., July 8-10.
JDRF was formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the United States' leading global organization focused on Type 1 diabetes. The program gets more than 1,000 applications from children ages 4-17 living with T1D.
Anya, diagnosed with diabetes at age 4, will meet with members of Congress to discuss what it’s like to live with T1D and why it's so important to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.
Anya says she tests for diabetes 9-12 times a day, and her mom tests her twice at night. She wears a pump with a part that supplies insulin but says "diabetes never holds me back." Among her activities are soccer and taekwondo. At left, her diabetes alert service dog, Pax, alerts her to low blood sugar.