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Nick Jonas speaks at National Press Club

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Nick Jonas speaks about diabetes in Washington

Nick “President” Jonas visited Washington, ladies and gentlemen.

The youngest member of The Jonas Brothers became one of the youngest guests ever invited to speak at the National Press Club.

Nick delivered his passionate speech yesterday talking to the press to raise awareness about juvenile diabetes of type 1 to motivate young people like him and their families to properly manage their condition. Nick’s been suffering from the disease since the age of 13.

So many fans with diabetes from all over the world share their stories and thank me for being an inspiration to them,” Nick said. “It’s important for them to know that they motivate and inspire me as well. I’m lucky to have a great support system in my family as well as the tools I need to manage my diabetes properly. By speaking publicly about my experience I hope to increase diabetes awareness, encourage diabetes education and help fundraising for research and other programs for kids with diabetes. The more you report about diabetes, the more people will know.”

Nick Jonas speaking at the National Press Club on August 24, 2009

Nick went public with his condition in 2007 and became an ambassador for Bayer Diabetes Care organization last August.

When Nick talks about diabetes, people listen. And until there is a cure, the greatest weapon against diabetes is increased awareness and knowing how to manage it,” said Nancy Katz, head of North America for Bayer Diabetes Care.

Jonas Brothers also started the Jonas Brothers’ Change for the Children Foundation through which they donate funds to several causes including pediatric diabetes research, education and treatment.

Nick Jonas penned the song ‘A Little Bit Longer’ to share his experience of battling the disease and inspire others.


Nick Jonas visited the National Press Club luncheon on Aug. 24, 2009

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