WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) - A Warren Family is heading to Washington, D.C. later this month to advocate for children with medical conditions.
The Stringer family is making the trip as part of Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Their son Donovan was diagnosed in 2016 with a rare form of liver cancer. He was just seven years old at the time.
The Stringers are joining a group of patients and families representing 30 children’s hospitals from around the county. The Stringers will be representing Akron Children’s Hospital.
The event is focused on urging Congress to support children with complex medical conditions with a strong Medicaid program and funding to train future pediatricians.
“I am going to tell them that we need just children’s hospitals because they specialize in children,” Donovan said.
Donovan’s father Kevin said providing the best medical care for children shouldn’t be just for those who can afford to pay for it.
“Things come down to more than just numbers, more than just the bottom line,” he said.
While in Washington, D.C. the children will tour the sites and visit Capitol Hill where they will talk with lawmakers.