One little girl in the northwest part of the valley will get the chance to petition the U.S. Congress. She's hoping to persuade them to keep a special program that helps fund research and new technologies for Type 1 diabetes.
That's because little Adalyne suffers from the disease.
Little Addy is in third grade at Lake Pleasant Elementary. But she is forced to deal with a grown up diagnosis. She has type 1 diabetes.
"I carry around things for my low blood sugars," says Addy Rose. "I go to bed and this stays on and when I wake up, my mom will come in and check my blood sugar and when I get dressed I will come out and go to school."
She's been learning how this all works since she was diagnosed at 2 years old. Since then she and her mother Wendy Rose have been applying to attend Congress. And now, they're finally headed to D.C.
"I'm excited about going and talking to congress and having a fun time in Washington," she says.
"In this day and age when we're dealing with budget cuts, we don't want people with diabetes to be forgotten and children like Addy need to be remembered when renewing these funding packages," says mom Wendy.
Until that happens, Wendy will continue to do what she can, like fix the healthiest snacks and lunches to keep Addy going strong all day.
"I include a note so she knows how many carbs are in her lunch."
"There will come a day when I have to set Addy free into the world, and as her mom, I want to be able to look at her and I want to say I did everything I could."
Addy will be among 150 other students across the country who will petition the U.S. Congress in July for the 2013 session of the Children's Congress. 15,000 children applied.
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