Local teen to serve as diabetes conference delegate

But even with all these achievements and ambitions, Krissy has struggled with her ailment. A few years ago she grew tired of the diabetic regimen. She stopped testing her blood sugar regularly, didn't manage her insulin levels and started to experience negative consequences that showed her she "had to stop letting diabetes control [her]." Now she uses her newfound confidence and disease management to support and educate newly diagnosed children.

Every summer for many years she and her family has volunteered for the JDRF Walk, which helps raise awareness of and funding for diabetes research. Krissy's classmates and cheerleading team also have held JDRF fundraisers. And now she is a Children's Congress delegate.

"I feel excited because it's a chance to show others how strong diabetes has made me and how to never give up on living out your dreams no matter what disease stands in your way," she said.

Krissy applied for the JDRF Children's Congress last October by submitting an essay about her life with diabetes. She was one of more than 1,200 applicants. From those 1,200 applicants, only 150 children, ages 4 to 17, from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, were selected to be national delegates.

Krissy is one of only nine delegates from New York State.

She will travel with her parents and sister to Washington on Sunday, June 19, and attend to her delegate duties June 20 to 22. She will speak with her local Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25), and be part of a group to meet with the Senate Committee on Government Affairs, chaired by Sen. Joe Lieberman of Conn. There also is a possibility she will meet with New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Krissy said she will describe for lawmakers how difficult life can be with diabetes, inform them of new progress in diabetes research, and leave them with the message of "Promise to Remember Me" the song the delegates will sing as a group while in Washington.

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