July 27, 2017 -
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) met with Elijah Lidgett from Bakersfield, California during the 2017 JDRF Diabetes Foundation Children's Congress in Washington, DC.
Every two years, children living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) travel to Washington, DC to meet with their elected officials to explain why type 1 diabetes research is so critical. This year, participants urged lawmakers to extend the Special Diabetes Program, which funds research into type 1 diabetes and is currently set to expire in September.
As a member of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, last year, Congressman Valadao joined with a bipartisan group of Members to send a letter to Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi urging House Leadership to prioritize funding for the Special Diabetes Program. The full letter can be read here.
During their meeting, 11-year-old Elijah explained how T1D has impacted his life, shared information on the latest medical breakthroughs, and introduced Congressman Valadao to his service dog named Gigi.
During the meeting, Elijah explained, "The Special Diabetes Program will give $150 million a year, for three years, to help research type 1 diabetes. Research like this leads to scientific breakthroughs and gets us closer to finding a cure for diabetes."
Congressman Valadao stated, "Elijah is a remarkable young man and I can't wait to see what he accomplishes in his future. I appreciate the time he took to share his story with me as well as his hard work advocating on behalf of other children with T1D." He went on, "Ensuring critical programs like the Special Diabetes Program, receive the funding they need to improve treatment for patients, and ultimately, find a cure, is absolutely critical."
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District of California, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.