Thursday, July 11, 2013

Day on CAPITOL HILL....Carson meeting with our US Senators and Representative!!!!

So sorry to leave you guys hanging!!  Tuesday night, I could not get internet at the hotel and last night after an incredible, but exhausting day on the Hill, I just had to go to sleep!  I really don't know where to start....this has been one of the most life changing events in my life and in the life of my little boy...I have soooo much to share and so many pics tired right now, but I wanted to share a few pics from yesterday and I will continue to share more each day...

Let me just say I have never been more proud of my 10 year old son!  Carson had three meetings with Congressional members today and a Senate hearing to be a part of...Being the only delegate from his state meant it was up to Carson to lead these meetings by himself....I was with him, but this is his disease and he took full responsibility for getting his message across loud and clear....explaining the bill that needed to be signed and why it needs to be signed by the two US Senators and a US House Representative....and , did he ever turn on the charm..I do not know who could say "no" to this kid.....He Rocked Capitol Hill....and ALL the kids did..It was simply amazing to see 161 kids in Blue CC shirts scattered all over capitol Hill speaking to their Senators and Representatives yesterday!  More later!

 Meeting with U.S. Senator Risch/  Senator Risch was soooo very kind to us and even invited us to ride the train with him over to the Capitol building from his Senate office.  Unfotunately we had yo get over to another senate building in a hurry for the delegate photo with VP Biden....Three great interns took us underground to get there quickly!
 Senator Risch and Carson....Sen. Risch signed on to the letter supporting the SDP last year and will again this year, we believe!
 Congressman Labrador was so kind to stop in and give Carson some time in his office......and although Carson did not get an answer from him about signing the SDP, we believe he was very touched by Carson's story and will give it some serious though!  When Rep. Labrador asked him what his favorite thing he had done so far in DC was, Carson smiled and said, "Actually, Rep. Labrador, meeting you has been my favorite thing to do so far"  Rep. Labrador was visibly touched and said after the day he had had, he really needed to hear a positive many of you know, he is right in the middle of the Immigration Reform battle going on....and that is why we were thrilled he took the time in the midst of all that to meet with Carson.
 Rep Labrador wanted Carson to sit in his chair behind his desk for a pic
 Vice President Biden was very kind and had some really encouraging words for the can see him in the middle next to Ray  Allen...Carson is down toward the bottom mid-left.  Carson and two other delegates were pulled aside by White House Secret Service to get the last pic with Biden,but he by-passed them at the last minute...the Secret service were very apologetic and we were disappointed, but even the Secret Service doesn't have a say in the last minute decisions of the VP!
 Senator Crapo, me and Carson
US Senator Crapo was just the nicest, most encouraging man...told Carson of a family member who has T1D and of his continued support of the SDP bil!  Here Carson is telling him about his scrapbook he presented to him.

 US Senator Crapo told Carson about a family member who has T1D and of his continued support of the SDP!

Carson explaining the letter to be signed supporting the SDP (Special Diabetes Program)

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