Desert Canyon student travels to Washington to advocate for diabetes

Desert Canyon Middle School student Ginger Netten will be using her spring break to travel to Washington, D.C. with the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress program.

Desert Canyon Middle School student Ginger Netten will be using her spring break to travel to Washington, D.C. with the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress program.

Desert Canyon Middle School student Ginger Netten will be using her spring break to travel to Washington, D.C. with the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress program.

She will be part of a select group that will be meeting with senate and congress members to advocate for diabetics across the United States.

Miss Netten is an eighth-grade student at Desert Canyon Middle School in Scottsdale and living with Type 1 diabetes. Her spring break is March 9-14.

Ginger was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of five. Now 14, she has devoted her life to finding a cure for the all types of the disease. She mentors children newly diagnosed with diabetes, organizes fundraisers and is an inspiration to her friends and family.

She was chosen to be part of the select group of diabetes advocates because of her work in diabetes advocacy activities. Once in Washington, D.C., she will meet with lawmakers to discuss diabetes research funding, treatment and the search for a cure. Ginger will also share her personal journey with diabetes.

“Living with diabetes is hard, but things have gotten easier. There are new things they are inventing every year that make it better for kids like me,” Ginger says.

“Someday, there will be a cure for diabetes, and I want people to know that with their help we can get there quicker.”

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