Thirty patients and their families representing 25 children's hospitals are traveling to Washington, DC next month for the seventh annual N.A.C.H. Family Advocacy Day, July 25 and 26, 2011. This year, families will share their stories of the difference that their children's hospital and pediatric specialists have made in the lives of their children in hopes of reauthorizing the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program (CHGME), a federal program that funds pediatric resident training. Families will also speak in support of Medicaid funding.
Buzz is beginning to build for this year's Family Advocacy Day. Children's Hospital Boston has started its annual blog documenting the families that will represent them on Capitol Hill during the event. Staff from LeBonheur Children's Hospital called to report that local CBS-affiliate WREG-TV ran a story announcing Shane Casey's participation in the event. And, finally, there has been intense media interest in Children's Hospital Los Angeles' patient Max Page, aka Little Darth Vader from the VW Superbowl ad, and his participation in the event.
With one month to go before the big the day, it's nice to see all this excitement building up ahead of Family Advocacy Day.