first_imgThe Ross brothers sure do have a lot in common.They both do karate, have Type 1 diabetes and advocate for those with the chronic condition. And they’ve both been to Washington, D.C., to share their advocacy work as part of Children’s Congress. Out of thousands of applicants, only 165 kids were invited this year.Anthony, a 17-year-old Clark College student, attended Children’s Congress in 2017, and his brother Austin, a 13-year-old River HomeLink student, followed up with a visit earlier this week to advocate for the special diabetes program, which provides $150 million annually for Type 1 diabetes research at the National Institutes of Health.If funding for the program isn’t renewed, it will expire in September. During his visit to Children’s Congress, Anthony advocated for the same program, which comes up for renewed funding every two years.“I know what they’re dealing with,” Austin said of the people he represents. “I have the same thing. I know they want to find a cure. It’s a passion of mine.”Anthony has been a guide for Austin since the younger boy was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes about three years ago. Austin’s condition was initially discovered after his older brother’s diabetic alert dog, Gracie, kept pawing at Austin. Anthony was diagnosed at 3 years old, so Austin was already familiar with the disease.last_img read more