Senator DiSanto’s office issued a press release today about SB 983 – our Senate companion bill to HB 730. We are thankful that he was willing to help us improve … Continue reading Press Release for SB 983
Below is the text of a document I created and have been distributing to legislators to explain (as simply as possible) the way that Newborn Screening works in Pennsylvania currently … Continue reading Explaining the Current Newborn Screening System in Pennsylvania
I began the day feeling somewhat defeated, feeling as though there is nothing more I can do to help HB730 get to the floor. I had a phone call with … Continue reading From Feelings of Defeat to Knowledge and Hope
Yesterday, one of our local news stations came to interview us about the giraffes we have been collecting, HB730, and Krabbe. You can see the report here. CBS21 has been … Continue reading On the News
We hope you’ve learned something new this month, but we also hope that you’ve been moved to take action.
What can you do?
- Write/call your legislators. It only takes a few minutes, and it can make a huge difference.
- Donate to organizations like Hunter’s Hope so that they can continue funding the Leukodystrophy Care Network and supporting affected families.
- Read (and tell others about) my book, Even So, Joy: Our Journey Through Heartbreak, Hope, and Triumph. We want Tori’s story to continue to touch lives and it means so much when we hear about others reading it.
Today was one of those days where everything made sense, once again. It was a day filled with non-coincidences (meaning that God was clearly at work because there’s just no … Continue reading It All Works Together for Good
PENNSYLVANIA – it’s time for action!
We’ve been waiting (not so patiently) to be able to tell you that we have important legislation that will be introduced VERY soon, and if it is signed into law (which is likely given the broad support we have) Krabbe will finally be mandatory by default.
Hannah’s Law (Act 148 of 2014) was created to make screening for Krabbe mandatory; however, it has yet to be fully implemented because PA’s NBS system is broken.
This bill will not only fix Pennsylvania’s broken NBS system and ensure that EVERY baby is screened equally (right now your zip code determines what diseases are included on your baby’s NBS panel), but it will fully implement Hannah’s Law at last.
What can you do? If you live in Pennsylvania, you can send a note like the one below (or copy/paste if you want) to request that your legislator CO-SPONSOR the legislation.
It will be called H.B. 730 – in honor of Tori’s birthday ❤ We were so surprised and honored by that!
If you share this post PLEASE make sure our text accompanied it. Otherwise it will just be the link to the memo.
If you want to copy/paste the following, feel free! You can find your representative’s info here: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/contact.cfm?body=H
My family and I are residents of your district and wanted to make you aware of a bill in hopes that you would sign on as a co-sponsor.
It will be numbered H.B. 730, the numbers representing a precious girl’s birthday. Victoria Brackbill passed away from Krabbe Leukodystrophy in March 2016 at 20 months of age. Her life could have been saved had she been screened for Krabbe at birth.
Victoria’s family has been working with the Dept. of Health, Rep. Cruz (who authored Act 148 of 2014), Dr. Levine, and others over the past few years to help them to see the weaknesses in Pennsylvania’s Newborn Screening program, and they have listened. The fight has become about so much more than Krabbe being one of the mandatory screenings in PA – it has become about making the program better and more equal as a whole.
Pennsylvania currently ranks 2nd to LAST in the nation for the number of diseases for which every baby is screened. As you will read in this memo, your zip code determines life or death if you’re born with one of these diseases that can be treated if caught at birth. That is simply unacceptable and we’re seeking to change that.
This isn’t a partisan issue – this is a human issue.
If H.B. 730 is signed into law (which is likely will be as the Governor also supports our efforts), Krabbe will become mandatory by default. More importantly, though, every single baby born in Pennsylvania will be screened for the exact same diseases and have the same chance at life as all the other babies.
Thank you in advance for your consideration, and hopefully your support.