Teen selected for JDRF Children’s Congress

A Barnwell native’s son will represent South Carolina at the 2017 JDRF Children’s Congress.

Nicole Creech Davis’ 14-year-old son Julian is one of South Carolina’s three delegates who will attend the event July 24-26 in Washington, D.C. where more than 150 children living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) meet face-to-face with some of the top government decision-makers. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation holds the Congress every two years.

“The delegates in JDRF’s Children’s Congress enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help members of Congress understand what life with T1D is like and why research to fund life-changing therapies until a cure can be found is so critical. They speak up on behalf of the millions of people living with T1D and the families and friends who love them,” according to www.jdrf.org.

Even before Julian’s T1D diagnosis in 2015, his family has been long-time advocates for diabetes research as his mother had gestational diabetes with both of her pregnancies. They have participated in the Palmetto Chapter’s JDRF One Walk and Gala events for several years. Julian also speaks at school events and has greeted guests at the Gala as a JDRF Youth Ambassador.

“T1D has taught me that there is something bigger than me in this world. It has humbled me and opened my heart to help others,” said Julian, who is an aspiring pediatric endocrinologist.

Julian is a rising freshman at Gray Collegiate Academy. He is an artist, plays cello, and likes to run and play basketball.

He is the son of Nicole Creech Davis, a former Barnwell resident who now lives in Lexington. His maternal grandparents are Burnell and Wanda Creech of Barnwell.