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New Albany Teen to Discuss Diabetes Research with Congress
NEW ALBANY (Lu Ann Stoia/Ken Hines) -- A central Ohio teen is heading to the nation's capital to lobby for more money for diabetes research.
High school freshman Olivia Irion will soon travel to Washington, D.C. to speak with Ohio's members of Congress about the need for increased funding for treatment and education for diabetes patients.
The 14-year-old was chosen by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to be an advocate for people living with the disease's type-1 variation.
Irion said technological improvements enable her to limit the number of shots she is forced to administer to herself each day. She hopes she can help convince lawmakers to make such advancements available to all American children suffering from the disease.
Irion said information about lifestyle choices should also be included in diabetes treatment, including tips on how to eat right.
The teen hopes increased funding can one day lead to the development of an artificial pancreas, or even a cure for type-1 diabetes.