Lexi Quilty Advocating Her Voice

Lexi Quilty Advocating Her Voice

Lexi Quilty Advocating Her Voice

by Barbara-Scott Kolb

Selected from a pool of 1,000 applicants, Lexi Quilty has been chosen to represent the Juveniles Diabetes Research Foundation at the 2019 JDFR Children’s Congress Conference in Washington D.C.

Lexi, 18, plans to utilize every minute of the time she has at Capitol Hill to voice her knowledge on Type 1 diabetes and place pressure on Congress to renew the Special Diabetes Program. This program expires in September, and if proper actions aren’t taken, patients who are unable to afford insulin will go without it.

“I am encouraging increases, not cuts, for the SDP; insulin is like oxygen to Type 1 diabetics,” Lexi said.

Eager to make an impact in the realm of diabetes, this young lady is out to prove a point — the access and affordability of insulin are saving people’s lives. Funds should be funneling in to the program rather than funneling out. Instead of wallowing in the disease, Lexi has decided to face her diagnosis head-on and use her platform to impact others struggling with the same ailment. Her parents could not be prouder of her accomplishments.

“Lexi is on a mission to educate, advocate, and fundraise for a cure; she continues to amaze us,” Tamara Quilty said.

Lexi’s dedication to the cause propelled her to a meeting with Congressman Michael Burgess, and the duo plan to work together in the advancement of T1D research.

“I am honored to be selected as a JDRF Children’s Congress Delegate,” Lexi said. “This opportunity is a great reminder that there is good in the bad, and I am ready to share that good news with others.”

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