Country music star Steve Wariner
leads delegates in singing, "Promise
to Remember Me" on Capitol Hill.
JDRF kid reporter Leigh Stanford tells the story behind JDRF's Children's Congress theme song.
The Children's Congress theme song, "Promise to Remember Me," was originally written by Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning composer Alan Silvestri and Academy Award Winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz.
Silvestri and Schwartz have a very personal connection to diabetes. At a young age, Silvestri's son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and from that day on diabetes was to become an important role in the life of this composer. The diagnosis was devastating to Silvestri and soon he chose to express his feelings through music. His song inspired many children and adults, and gave JDRF a chance to reach out and show the media how this disease affects the lives of many.
As have children in 199 and 2001, the 2003 Children's Congress delegates, VIPs and families performed the song at the U.S. Capitol in June. Said delegate Justin McQuery of Texas, "It's more than just the song … It's the meaning and feelings behind it."
The delegates were led by Steven Wariner in singing "Promise to Remember Me." Prior to Children's Congress the delegates were asked to memorize the lines to the song; each delegate had done their "homework."
All delegates, young and old, short and tall, sang proudly. Wariner described the kids as the "best back up group he has ever had."