Everyone in attendance was excited for the Promise meeting with Representative Capito on Thursday, January 26th. Representative Capito has always supported JDRF and remembers the kids, year after year. In attendance were Lynn & Gina Frye, Laura & Rachel Cottrill, Rachel's Grandfather Bill, Tammy Owen, and Jay & Lori Haapala. Representative Capito asked both Rachel and Jay to remind her how their insulin pumps worked. They were great at explaining the difference between the basal rates, what it meant to bolus, and how they counted their carbohydrates each time they ate. Jay used this opportunity to explain how the artificial pancreas would work with their insulin pumps. Gina Frye passed along a hello from her daughter Alyssa who has met with Representative Capito in the past. Tammy Owen also updated Representative Capito on her son Aaron who is now in college and accidentally set his pants of fire in welding class. He was fine and everyone got a good laugh from her story.
Representative Capito was interested in attending one of JDRF's support group activities so she could meet more of the families from West Virginia. Everyone thought that would be a great idea, and Lori Haapala said that she would make sure something was arranged. Tammy Owen thanked the Representative for her continued support and for signing the letter to the FDA encouraging the publishing of guidelines for outpatient trials for the artificial pancreas. Representative Capito graciously agreed to a picture with the group. Everyone thanked Representative Capito for taking the time to meet with them and for her support.