FARGO — A local high school student is taking her story of living with diabetes to Washington, D.C.

The family of 17-year-old Danika Johnson shared their message of living with type 1 Diabetes at the zoo in Fargo, Friday, June 7.

Producing insulin costs a few bucks, but the family says even with their good insurance they spend about $6,000 a year out-of-pocket to get Danika the medicine she needs.

The Sheyenne senior has been chosen as the only rep at for the JDRF's Children's Congress in Washington, D.C.

Danika feels insulin manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers are using people with the life-threatening conditions to pad their wallets.

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