This month, 15-year-old Molly Bonnell and her sister Emily, 13, who have cystic fibrosis, discovered how easy it is to make their voices heard in Congress -- without leaving their living room.
Chad Riedy, an adult with cystic fibrosis, served as a witness on Wednesday before the House of Representatives' Education & Labor Committee at a hearing on the threats faced by workers with pre-existing conditions.
One hundred fifty advocates, backed by more than 5,000 connections from an additional 1,600 cystic fibrosis advocates across the country rallied behind protections for people with pre-existing conditions, like CF, during the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 13th annual March on the Hill.
More than 200 CF advocates from 47 states held nearly 400 meetings with members of Congress and their staff, and more than 850 advocates from across the country called their members of Congress as part of the CF Foundation's first March on the Hill online Day of Action.
More than 200 advocates from 32 states traveled to Washington, D.C., on June 28 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 10th annual Teen Advocacy Day, which enabled teens to meet with their elected officials on Capitol Hill to fight for access to high-quality, specialized care for their friends and loved ones living with CF.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has followed the health care reform discussion closely. While the Foundation has not taken a position on any particular health reform bill, we have consistently and aggressively encouraged officials to include specific reforms that are important for the treatment of cystic fibrosis.
Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump signed the Right to Try bill into law. The House approved the bill last week and the Senate passed it last summer.