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.
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.
Today, the U.S. Senate released its version of the health care reform bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and in response, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation affirmed its opposition to the legislation.
March on the Hill brings a mix of new and familiar faces to Capitol Hill every year. The connections and stories that our advocates share with their elected officials are making lasting impressions that impact the entire CF community. And as this event has grown, so too has the cystic fibrosis story.
One of the questions that we ask our representatives during the Foundation's signature advocacy event, March on the Hill, is to join the Congressional CF Caucus. Here is my story of what happened when I (accidently) asked a senator to join that caucus.
A few weeks ago, while contemplating the trip I was about to take to Washington D.C. to join my fellow advocates for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's tenth annual March on the Hill, I challenged myself to "think big." So I sat down in front of the computer and wrote a letter to the President of the United States.
Sometimes, being the “squeaky wheel” is the only way to make a positive change.
Lukas Daskas found something in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Teen Advocacy Day that he had been searching for his whole life: a sense of community and understanding by others who know what it's like watching a loved one battle cystic fibrosis.