Even if you have never been to a Special Olympics event, you know the positive impact it has on the lives of the athletes and their loved ones. It is indescribable and hard to put into words that do it justice. You just know. It is because of this positive impact on not only those who have participated, but those who will, that we work to support and grow the Special Olympics.
Advocacy Day 2019 is done, and by all measures, it was another success. Fragile X advocates visited 56 Senate offices and 61 House offices – all of their home districts. We had fun, connected with [...]
As I watched the new U.S. House of Representatives be sworn in today and elect Rep. Nancy Pelosi as its new Speaker, I was reminded, again, that we are fortunate to live in a country where we can change control in Washington in the voting booth, not with tanks in the street. And when change happens, it is peaceful outside the Capital and collegial inside.
If you have ever spent more than 5 minutes with Dillon Kelley, you know two things—you know about Fragile X and you know that, one day, Dillon Kelley will be a member of Congress.
NFXF Advocates spend time advocating with Congress for Fragile X priorities we can all get behind and have a tremendous success record: Approximately $350/million per year in research. This wouldn’t get the attention it [...]
Early Check is a new research study, led by RTI International and a group of distinguished partners, is now available for newborn babies in North Carolina. Fragile X syndrome is included in the screening. From [...]
Several years ago, NFXF Advocates were successful in adding Fragile X research to the Department of Defense's Congressional Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) list of authorized research areas. Each year, the NFXF advocates for continuation [...]
In March, over 150 NFXF Advocates descended onto Capitol Hill to once again advocate for Fragile X and raise awareness among Congress. A top ask is to join efforts to support Fragile X programs at [...]
There is strength in numbers, which is why we work with other patient advocacy groups on common goals, such as funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [...]
This Tuesday, more than 150 National Fragile X Foundation volunteers representing 27 states traveled to Washington, DC for NFXF Advocacy Day. In 130 meetings, our parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, professionals, and - [...]
Thanks to the hard work of NFXF Advocates years ago, Fragile X is one of the authorized research areas at the Department of Defense's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (DOD CDMRP). Millions of dollars in [...]
Last year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded $46 million in Fragile X research, an amount that has trended upwards in the past few years. Over the years, they have funded hundreds of millions [...]
Last night, Congress passed the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. The bill, introduced by Fragile X Caucus co-chair and parent, Rep. Gregg Harper, directs the Secretary of HHS to work with stakeholders from state and local [...]
Health Insurance, Medicaid, and SSI/SSDI These are three issues that aren’t going away. They are especially critical for Fragile X families and other families with disabilities, lifelong care needs, etc. To help your members [...]
NFXF advocates are out in force during the August recess to meet with their Members of Congress and staff to raise awareness of Fragile X. They are discussing the public policy priorities of the [...]