Local teen to represent state at Children’s Congress

July 19, 2017 by  

Smithtown and Islip may each wish to take credit for New York State’s Long Island representative to the JKRF Children’s Congress being held for three days in July.

Daniel Panaro from Hauppauge, a village straddling Smithtown and Islip, will attend a national convention in Washington D.C. for the support of Type 1 diabetes research. Panaro, 15, has Type 1 diabetes and will be discussing advancing research for it with members of Congress.

Over 1,500 4-to-17-year-olds applied to be delegates, all of whom are afflicted with Type 1 diabetes, of which 160 were chosen. Panaro, Long Island’s sole delegate, is scheduled to speak with Senators Kirstin Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer about living with the condition. Panaro’s was diagnosed a little over two years ago, in March 2015.

Formerly known as juvenile diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a chronic failure of the pancreas to produce sufficient insulin, or in some cases any insulin at all. Not as commonly understood as Type 2 diabetes, it could be the case that more brochures detailing Type 1 diabetes find their way into the public’s hands in future years.

The JKRF Children’s Congress will take place next week, July 24 – 26, to raise awareness in congress of Type 1 diabetes and the challenges face by those who have it.