Young Wheatfield boy travels to Washington D.C. to advocate for type 1 diabetes research funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) – The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation sent members of its Children’s Congress to Washington D.C. to advocate for the renewal of the Special Diabetes Program, which provides $150 million for research each year.

Among the attendees was Mason Gfroerer of Wheatfield, who traveled to D.C. with his mom to advocate for type 1 diabetes. Mason was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was nine.

“Traveling down here is fun because there’s so many other kids who have type 1 diabetes so I get to talk to them and they all struggle the same stuff I do,” Mason said.

Mason is one of 150 delegates across the country as part of JDRF, which raises awareness for type 1 diabetes.

Advocates told Senators funding is key to advance treatments.

Mason said he hopes that funding research for type 1 diabetes will someday lead to a cure.

“So one day I won’t have to live with diabetes and no one else in the world will have to and I’ll be happy and so will everybody else.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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