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Pfeifer Travels to Washington, D.C. to Lobby for Diabetes Research Funding

Kalli Pfeifer in DCMore than 160 children with type 1 diabetes, including Russell's Kalli Pfeifer, made a personal plea for lawmakers to approve more funding to research the disease at a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C. before the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

The children were dressed in blue shirts and Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins (R-Maine) also sported a light blue jacket in solidarity.

"Your passion and hope for a cure are contagious," Collins said. "I'm inspired by that sea of blue that is out there."

The hearing was the culmination of the JDRF's biennial Children's Congress, which brings children dealing with the disease, their family members and fellow advocates from all 50 states to Washington to raise awareness and push lawmakers to boost support for those with type 1 diabetes.

For the full story courtesy of The Hill, CLICK HERE.

(Pfeifer is pictured with her mother, Beth. Information courtesy The Hill. Photo courtesy Beth Pfeifer.)

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