Eight-year-old lobbies in Canadian parliament for type 1 diabetes cure

Jack Woodfield
Thu, 24 Nov 2016
Eight-year-old lobbies in Canadian parliament for type 1 diabetes cure
An eight-year-old girl with type 1 diabetes, who has raised more than $2,000 (£1,600) for research into the disease, has lobbied the Canadian Government to help find a cure.

Tilly Stimpson (pictured second from right), who at such a young age has already lived with the condition for 5.5 years, travelled to Parliament Hill together with her father Matt, who also has type 1 diabetes, and her mother Jo.

The inspirational eight-year-old ftom Peterborough, Canada was picked along with 24 other children from across the North American country to spend two days at Parliament Hill as part of the Kids for a Cure Lobby day.

Tilly, who together with her family has raised $2,739 for the JDRF in five years, spent her time meeting Senators and Members of Parliament. She was able to tell them of her own experiences and asked the Government to fund more clinical trials in a bid to find a cure.

Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, met Tilly during her visit. She said: "I'm very proud of the work that Tilly Stimpson and her family are doing to raise awareness about type 1 diabetes.

"Many of my colleagues told me that they were impressed with Tilly's advocacy work, and that she is a great ambassador for all Canadians who live with type 1 diabetes every day."

Maryam shared Tilly's story with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who gave her a wave after spotting her in the public gallery.

Maryam added: "I wanted to be sure to share Tilly's story with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau so on Monday just before Question Period, I pointed out the family as they were sitting in the gallery.

"As I shared their story with him, he gave the Stimpsons and the other families participating in 'Kids for a Cure Day' a wave from the floor of the House of Commons. I can't wait to see the good work that Tilly will do in our community."

Picture: PTBO Canada
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