Big Horn Student Participates in Children's Congress

Casey Prior. (Courtesy photo)
Casey Prior. (Courtesy photo)

A 15-year-old Big Horn student will be in Washington, D.C., next week representing Wyoming in this year's Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Children's Congress.

Casey Prior said she'll meet with Wyoming's congressional delegation in an effort to promote laws benefitting people with Type I diabetes. Prior said she was diagnosed with the illness in March 2015.

She talked about some of the issues that she plans to discuss with Wyoming's lawmakers.

She said there is now a program that allows people to connect with an endocrinologist online, but the program isn't currently available in Sheridan, and it isn't covered by insurance.

She said another point she'd like to bring to the lawmakers' attention is an artificial pancreas that's recently been approved by the FDA. Prior said the pancreas of a Type I diabetic person no longer works. The artificial pancreas could do what the pancreases of non-diabetic people do.

Prior said she applied on the JDRF's web site to attend the children's congress, and she was selected by the Foundation to represent Wyoming at this year's event.

Although Type I diabetes is often thought of as a children's disease, Prior said she was diagnosed at the age of 13, and even adults can be diagnosed with Type I.

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