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Spencer County twins Jaden and Deven Cannon have been selected as delegates for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Children’s Congress to be held July 8-10 in Washington, D.C.
Jaden has had diabetes for nine years. Her twin sister, Deven, was just diagnosed April 5.
Out of nearly 1,500 applications that were received, their application led them to being chosen as two of the 150 delegates. They are proud to represent Kentucky.
“They will let the leaders of our country know why their support is so critical in curing, treating and preventing diabetes,” said their mother, Debby Cannon. “They will have the opportunity to meet lawmakers and help put a face on diabetes and the need for a cure.”
Held bi-annually, in odd-numbered years since its inception in 1999, Children’s Congress brings 150 children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and one parent or guardian to Washington, D.C.
Children’s Congress participants represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They meet with members of Congress and other key federal decision-makers to help educate them about the critical and ongoing need for federal funding for type 1 diabetes research.