DOVER, Del. – A Delaware 7th grader is heading to the nation’s capital to help members of Congress understand what life is like with Type 1 diabetes.

Owen Hill is the First State’s lone delegate this year, for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Children’s Congress. Owen was diagnosed more than 3 years ago. His dad says he’s been active in advocating and fundraising for juvenile diabetes. It’s something Owen says he does so that kids don’t have to go through what he went through.

“I say maybe the younger ages like 8 and younger because I used to be one of those. I got it when I was 8. And it was a struggle because honestly it was complicated and I didn’t understand it fully,” says Owen Hill.

Owen says he hopes he can play a role in helping find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. He is heading to Washington, D.C. from July 8th to the 10th.

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