On Monday, February 2nd, twenty nine dedicated JDRF advocates joined Senator Richard Shelby in the lobby of the Montgomery RSA Activity Center. In attendance were Kimberly and Abby Davis, Lisa and Hope Bruner, Ernie Canfield, Laurel and Meredith Whitt, Leslee, Jonathan, Lily, and Sally Wentjes, Christi and Kirby Sasser, Robert & Carolyn Sasser, Collie, Steve, and Nate Wells, Kelly, Bill, and Matt Waters, Lisa & Everett Fuller, Greg, Sherri, Claire, & Cole Nowell, and Jo Ann & Cody Harris. The Senator was able to meet each of the families and individuals in attendance. Participants thanked Senator Shelby for his support of guidance to the FDA on the artificial pancreas and asked for his continued commitment to funding toward better treatments and a cure through the Special Diabetes Program through NIH. Surrounded by the meeting's youngest participants, Senator Shelby offered to make a statement on diabetes research funding for the children of Alabama.
The Senator was joined by 2011 Children’s Congress delegates Abby Davis and Meredith Whitt, along with many members of the newly-formed Montgomery based support group, Capitol City Carb Counters. Ernie Canfield, who has been living with type 1 diabetes for sixty one years, was also in attendance.
Prior to the formal meeting, Mr. Robert Sasser, grandfather to attendee Kirby Sasser, was able to speak briefly about diabetes with the Senator.