Gregg Harper, Fragile X dad, former member of Congress for Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional district, offers a message to all Fragile X families following the 2020 election.
Watch his short message or read it below.
One announcement Gregg mentions – we are pleased to announce that Rep. Joe Courtney, D-CT-2, agreed to become the co-chair of the House Fragile X Caucus in 2021, filling the big shoes of Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY-16.
Below is the transcript of Gregg’s remarks.
Hey, everybody, it’s Gregg Harper, I hope you’re doing well. As we are speaking now, we’ve just had the presidential election and even today, we don’t know what the actual results are going to be. It’s been a very intense time for our country. Perhaps for you, other elections, all the elections in the House, and then certainly the Senate races, there’s been a lot of things that have been going on, and it’s still undecided.
And so we want to remember this. Stay calm. And we know that these things are going to work out, we know that we have a great country. And we know that we will have the peaceful transfer of power. As we move into the next year, whatever that is. But we know that the great thing about what we’re trying to do with Fragile X in our community, in our families, and our friends, is this is an issue that’s a bipartisan issue. And we’re getting to go through a lot of new members that are going to be coming to Congress. So the new member training and orientation will take place the week before Thanksgiving, and the week after Thanksgiving. And we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that we raise that awareness for those individuals who are coming in to serve their country. And they’ll come in serving with great passion. And we know this, we’ve done a great job, all of you, in what you’ve been doing to let the members of Congress and their staff know what Fragile X syndrome means to you, why it’s important to look at funding options, and why we have to look forward on these things.
So what we’re trying to accomplish, which is to make the lives of our precious families better, and we believe we can do that as we move forward as a team. I certainly want to thank Eliot Engel for his service to us, as our Congressional co-chair of you know, he is not coming back for the hundred and 17. And we’re really excited to announce it Joe Courtney from Connecticut has agreed to serve as the Democratic co-chair for our Congressional Fragile X Caucus. A great person who’ll be joining Chris Smith, the Republican co-chair, as we work together.
So we’ve got a lot of things to look forward to. Keep your chin up. And we’re excited about the future. Don’t forget we’ve got another advocacy day that’ll be coming up in February. You’ll be hearing a lot more about and just know we’re here to help. And I’m excited about the team that we have at the National Fragile X Foundation and the great work that they’re doing. It’s going to be a great 2021 and we look forward to that year. God bless each of you.