When Charice Fort and her 12-year-old son, Caleb Thurman, travel to Washington, D.C., June 18 – 20, they hope to tell Ohio lawmakers that safeguards like Ohio’s Bureau of Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) have made all the difference in their life since Caleb was diagnosed with several chronic illnesses.
What an amazing and busy couple of days it was for my family and I in Washington, DC. Our days were filled with interviews, sight-seeing, downtime, and speaking with state legislators.
On our second day in DC, we had radio interviews scheduled right after breakfast. I spoke with several radio stations from the Cleveland and Akron area and talked about the Children’s Hospital Association’s Family Advocacy Day.
Yesterday we left our home in Ohio to leave for Family Advocacy Day. We landed at Reagan International Airport around 6. We then we picked up our bags and took a cab to the JW Marriott Hotel in DC.
At first glance, Tyler Froats seems like the typical 19-year-old boy, with one foot still in his teen years and the other foot stepping timidly into adulthood. A 2010 graduate of Highland High School, Tyler is taking online college courses and loves to write songs and play his guitar. He works at Dick’s Sporting Goods and has an older sister and younger brother. But Tyler has had anything but a typical, carefree childhood due to a 13-year battle with cancer.
Hi, my name is Tyler Froats, and I am representing Akron Children’s Hospital this year for Family Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. I’m looking forward to meeting the legislators and sharing my story with them in hopes to make a difference in their lawmaking decisions when it comes to our needs with medical issues that […]