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My name is Amy Wilton; I am 17 years of age and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5 in the year 2000. I am co-chair of JDRF’s Type 1 Parliament event, due to take place in April this year.
I have created this just so people can know what I am up to with the charity JDRF and the run up to the Parliament Event on the 25th April 2012. I am also hoping to post small regular updates as to what is happening throughout the day on the 25th (depends of course if I get a chance, time wise!) to let you guys know what is going on.
I started to become involved with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) a good few years ago now since we moved back to the United Kingdom from the USA. Initially we just did the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes each year, and then my Mum Carole and her friend did a sponsored sky dive too for JDRF.
I can remember the first ever speech I did for JDRF. At Southampton football stadium at the age of 12 in July 2008. I was nervous at the time, but due to always being strong willed (stubborn for a better word!) I was determined that I would tell everyone what it was like to live with diabetes, as opposed to my parents telling them what it was like!
Since then I have done many other speeches and events for JDRF and can honestly say I have really enjoyed each one, and hope I am invite to carry on talking at various events and raising awareness of type 1 diabetes.
My family and I still annually do the Walk to Cure Diabetes each year, raising sponsorship so I thank our friends and family for their support too over the years. In June 2009 I was honoured to be asked to represent the United Kingdom at JDRF Children’s Congress in Washington DC, USA as one of 5 international delegates from around the world. I can honestly say it’s a memory that I will treasure forever and was certainly a once in a life time experience. Whilst we were there, the whole of the 150 delegates were invited to go and visit the White House, where President Obama showed his support and we had a group photograph with him on the front of the balcony of the White House, which was absolutely incredible. The prime purpose of CC09 was to lobby congress in the United States for more money to be set aside for type 1 diabetes, as well as raising awareness of type 1 diabetes.
Now to be asked to be co-chair of a similar event (but here in the UK) I am totally honoured and cannot thank JDRF enough! I am really looking forward to all the event, and along with others selected to go to Parliament getting all the correct preparations in place ready. Writing to my local MP, sorting out local press releases etc and generally getting rather excited about it all!
All I can say is thank you to JDRF for inviting me, and giving me these wonderful opportunities and go to these various events! To stay up to date with all that is happening, keep an eye on the home page. Where I’ll try and post regular updates as to what is going on and what I’ve been up to, to do with JDRF.