Wilmington teen chosen to lobby diabetes research on Capitol Hill

Wilmington teen chosen to lobby diabetes research on Capitol Hill

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - One Wilmington high school student will have the opportunity to represent his community in front of congressional leaders in a few weeks.

JDRF of Coastal Carolina announced Tuesday that Turner Medlicott, a 16-year-old senior at Hoggard High School, will represent children and families affected by Type 1 diabetes at their Children's Congress, which will be held July 13 to 15 in Washington, D.C.

Medlicott is one of 160 representatives across the country that will be lobbying members of Congress on ways to continue support of research and reduce the burden on those living with the Type 1 Diabetes.

JDRF is an organization focused on Type 1 Diabetes with their goal of finding a cure. They have invested more than two billion dollars into research over the past 45 years.

Medlicott was chosen by JDRF's national chapter from a pool of more than 1,500 people. Children attending the event range from 4 to 17 and will represent all 50 states. He says his goal during the trip is to ask Congress for funding on devices like insulin pumps and glucose monitors that are essential for him and others who live with diabetes. "So it's just really important to have kids that are that involved and trying to get the best care that they can and its not just parents, it's the kids that really want to get these things happening and going for all the other kids" Medlicott said.

"The Children's Congress gives all of us an opportunity to unite with one common voice to help urge Congress to maintain its commitment to supporting research for type 1 diabetes, and we are excited to have Turner represent our Coastal Carolina chapter," Greg Darrow, president of the Coastal Carolina chapter of JDRF, said.

The Children's Congress was founded in 1999 by an 8-year-old boy, who thought it would be beneficial for children to go to Washington and talk to lawmakers about how Type 1 Diabetes is affecting children.

Medlicott said that he is very thankful for the opportunity to go to Washington, meeting Congress and other professionals who have Type 1 Diabetes in their lives.

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