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NO. R-197. JOINT RESOLUTION in support of Katie Hillís role as a delegate to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Childrenís Congress 2001.

(J.R.H. 139)

Offered by: Representatives Allard of St. Albans Town, Freed of Dorset, Myers of Essex and Sweetser of Essex.

Whereas, Katie Hill is a senior at Essex High School and a member of the schoolís famous championship cheerleading team, and

Whereas, she is a very dedicated student who will be attending the University of North Carolina in Wilmington and intends to major in biology, and

Whereas, Katieís academic and athletic accomplishments are very special because she has struggled with juvenile diabetes since age 10, and

Whereas, juvenile diabetes, known as Type 1 diabetes, is a severe disease that requires constant attention through the regulation of blood sugar levels, usually through the injection of insulin multiple times a day, and

Whereas, Katie has an insulin pump which serves as an artificial pancreas and secretes insulin into her body to regulate her blood sugar, and

Whereas, while the pump frees Katie from the regimen of daily injections, insulin does not cure the disease, and

Whereas, Type 1 diabetes is very difficult to manage, and even if a youngster carefully watches her diet and exercises regularly, other factors, including stress, hormonal changes, periods of growth, physical activity, medications, illness, and infection can affect a young diabeticís blood sugar level, and

Whereas, Katie will be the only Vermont delegate at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Childrenís Congress 2001 which will convene in Washington, D.C. from June 24-27, and

Whereas, in preparation for her Washington, D.C. trip, she is collecting letters from Vermonters supporting a 16-percent increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health special juvenile diabetes research program, and for these funds to support the juvenile diabetes research recommendations of the Congressionally-mandated Diabetes Research Working Group, and

Whereas, Katie will present these letters to the Vermont Congressional Delegation while she is in Washington, D.C, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly supports the efforts of Katie Hill to seek additional federal financing for juvenile diabetes research, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly commends Katie Hill on her accomplishments, and wishes her the very best in both her roles as a delegate at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Childrenís Congress and as a student at the University of North Carolina, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Katie Hill in Essex Junction.