Peterborough's Matt Stimpson and his daughter Tilly, 8—both of whom have Type 1 diabetes—just returned along with her mother Jo from an amazing two days on Parliament Hill where Tilly was one of 25 children from across Canada selected to attend Kids for a Cure Lobby day at Parliament Hill.
Bottom row: Tilly pictured second from left at Parliament Hill
During her visit there, Tilly met with Members of Parliament and Senators to show them the face of diabetes, share her personal journey with them about living with diabetes, and ask them to invest in clinical trials to help find a cure.
Tilly (pictured far right with her father, Matt) meeting with MPs
The Stimpson family have been advocating for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) since Tilly was diagnosed at the age of two and a half. They raised more than $20,000 for JDRF over the past five years with the tremendous support of the giving community in Peterborough.
Tilly bottom row (second from left) pictured with the rest of the kids and their parents from across Canada
Tilly wants to make a difference for those living with Type 1 diabetes, and she's having a great impact. Her goal was to raise $500 for JDRF this year but with the help of this amazing community, she far exceeded it, raising a whopping $2,739.
"I'm very proud of the work that Tilly Stimpson and her family are doing to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes," says Maryam Monsef, who met with Tilly during her visit. "Many of my colleagues told me that they were impressed with Tilly's advocacy work, and that she is a great ambassador for all Canadians who live with Type 1 diabetes every day."
Tilly meeting with Maryam Monsef on Parliament Hill
The Stimpson family and the other families even got a wave from Prime Minister Trudeau during Question Period when they were sitting in the Gallery:
"I wanted to be sure to share Tilly's story with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau so on Monday just before Question Period, I pointed out the family as they were sitting in the gallery," Monsef tells PTBOCanada. "As I shared their story with him, he gave the Stimpsons and the other families participating in 'Kids for a Cure Day' a wave from the floor of the House of Commons. I can't wait to see the good work that Tilly will do in our community."
It was a trip to Ottawa Matt and Jo Stimpson will never forget, as these proud parents witnessed their daughter Tilly give voice to Kids For A Cure on Parliament Hill.