Scottsdale middle schooler heading to DC to seek funds for diabetes research

Mar 9, 2015, 5:39 AM | Updated: 5:39 am

PHOENIX — Hundreds of advocates for diabetes research will be in Washington, D.C., this week, and one of them is from the Valley.

Ginger Netten, 14, is an 8th grader at Desert Canyon Middle School in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has been selected as one of the 200 volunteers from the American Diabetes Association to meet with representatives and lawmakers this week.

“I’m going there to basically ask Congress to help fund for diabetes and help find a cure for type 1 (diabetes),” she said.

Netten was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 5 and said it’s a difficult condition to live with.

“It’s very hard. It’s something that I’ve learned to live with,” she said. “I had to learn responsibilities and priorities a lot earlier than some kids would have to.”

Those responsibilities include managing her blood sugar levels multiple times a day, watching what foods she eats, and — until she was able to get a pump to manage her insulin intake — getting shots several times a day, Netten said.

Since her diagnosis, Netten said she spends much of her time talking with and mentoring others her age who were recently diagnosed or who already deal with the disease.

While in Washington, Netten said she’ll be meeting with lawmakers to tell them about her condition and ask for funding to various diabetes research organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, all in an effort to find a cure.

“I want to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes and prevent type 2, because there is not just one type, there’s many. And there’s many people who live with this disease, and it’s a lot more common than some may think,” she said.

Netten will be traveling with her mother, Carla Engel, on Wednesday and they will return on Friday.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Right Side Broadcasting Network Screenshot Photo)...

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake again bashes ‘McCain machine’ during CPAC appearance

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake continued her affront of John McCain during the Conservative Political Action Conference summit in Dallas on Saturday.
13 hours ago
(Arizona Department of Transportation Traffic Camera)...

Thunderstorms possibilities in the metro Phoenix forecast throughout the week

Another set of storms are expected to pass through metro Phoenix this week, with the greatest chances of rain forecast for Tuesday.
13 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo)...
Danny Shapiro

Most political campaign signs in metro Phoenix to be removed by next week

Tired of seeing political campaign signs around metro Phoenix? Well, most of them have to be gone soon.
13 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Arizona Department of Public Safety)...

Man arrested in Arizona after traffic stop leads to over 26 pounds of fentanyl

A 53-year-old man was arrested last month after authorities discovered over 26 pounds of fentanyl in his truck during a traffic stop in northern Arizona.
13 hours ago
(Twitter Photo/@PhoenixPolice)...

Police search for 5-month-old taken from Phoenix foster home by biological mother

Police are looking for a 5-month-old girl who was taken from a foster home in Phoenix by her biological mother, authorities said. 
13 hours ago
(Arizona Department of Public Safety Photo)...

Silver Alert issued for 72-year-old man with dementia last seen in Chandler

A Silver Alert was issued for a 72-year-old man diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer's disease who was last seen in Chandler on Saturday.
13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Scottsdale middle schooler heading to DC to seek funds for diabetes research