Nebraskan teens journey to D.C. for national diabetes conference

By: Lauren Fabrizi

Two Nebraskan teens made the journey to Washington, D.C. last Monday in an effort to get continued funding for diabetes.

Trevin Alberts, 13, of Lincoln, and Christina Fossum, 17, of Omaha,  made the trip as part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Children's Congress program.

“It's to put a face on the disease so when our members vote in Congress, they remember what diabetes is and how important that research is that's being done,” Steve Loftus, the JDRF Gov. Relations Chair in Omaha said.

Trevin and Christina were among more than 150 other children with diabetes. They spoke to congressman, met celebrities with diabetes and even got a surprise visit from an important political figure.

“It was just awesome, a huge surprise” Trevin said. “I had no idea going to Washington I was going to meet the Vice President of the United States. So I got to shake his hand and get a picture with him. It was pretty awesome!”

The teens said the trip was not only for a good cause, but also a great way to show others what living with diabetes is all about.

“I walked out of there feeling like there's going to be a cure,” Christina said. “And like, Congress and everyone's behind us. Also getting to meet all of the other delegates, it was really just a good experience.”

The JDRF Lincoln-Omaha chapter will have its annual “Walk to Cure Diabetes” fundraiser in Lincoln on Sunday, September 22, at Holmes Lake Park. If you would like to join the organization, click here.