John Madden's Fight for Diabetes Research - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/6/07

John Madden's Fight for Diabetes Research

NBC's Sunday Night Football Sports Commentator and NFL legend, John Madden talked to members of Congress Thursday about the fight against juvenile diabetes.

His oldest grandson, six-year-old Sam, was recently diagnosed with type-one diabetes. Madden asked members of Congress to renew the Special Diabetes Program.  If the program is not renewed, federal support for type-one diabetes research will be cut by 35 percent.

During his speech to Congress Madden became emotional and said, "I know that if we stay with this, I didn't mean to get emotional, but sometimes you do, and I just want to thank everyone. But you know we are not there, but we are going to get there."

Madden told the legislators that he is not a spokesman for diabetes, just a grandfather who wants his grandson to have a better chance at fighting this disease

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