Jun 21, 2013 7:08 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Paso Robles kid heads to DC to lobby for diabetes research

A local teenager is travelling to Capitol Hill to help others fight the same disease he faces.

13-year-old Ryan Jennings has Type One Diabetes.

He is among 150 children who get to travel to Washington DC this summer to lobby for funding for diabetes research.

Ryan is a cowboy from Paso Robles, and he says he's riding for a cure.

"It's hard. You have to change an infusion set every three days and test blood pressure and test about six times a day, seven times a day," said Jennings.

Ryan was diagnosed with diabetes when he was just eight years old, but he doesn't let it get in the way of his favorite activities. He is a rodeo finalist who practices every day and also loves camping, swimming, and training dogs.

Ryan hopes to one day become a doctor or engineer.



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