HARRISON, N.Y. -- Andrew Bigelow will join more than 75 teenagers from across the country in a visit to Washington, D.C. for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's annual Teen Advocacy Day on Thursday, June 23.
"I am excited to return to Washington D.C. advocating on behalf of my siblings with cystic fibrosis- Davey, Kira, and Meg," said Andrew. "I hope to remind our representatives that their decisions to support medical research can have a real and positive impact on the lives of thousands of Americans like my siblings."
Andrew, 17, will meet with elected officials to advocate on behalf of individuals living with cystic fibrosis and call for more funding for research, treatment and care. The teens will share their personal experiences and how the disease impacts their families.
Cystic fibrosis causes progressive lung damage and difficulty in breathing. An estimated 30,000 people in the United States live with the life-threatening genetic disease.