Day 243- Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D, Oregon)

For the next 36 days (from March 28 to May 2),  I will be contacting and writing about 36 extraordinary members of the House of Representatives. They are all extraordinary in that they form the bipartisan Congressional Spina Bifida Caucus, and so they strive to address the unique needs of the spina bifida community in the U.S. My “mission” is to write to them, and urge them to make quality of life, and not solely prevention, a priority on their agenda in Congress. It has come to my attention that education about spina bifida is critical during all the stages of development– from planning to prevent spina bifida through the consumption of folic acid, to comprehensive education about spina bifida once it is diagnosed. We need to educate, starting with the physicians and other healthcare providers, so that they will be made aware of the potential that each child with spina bifida possesses.

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DeFazio has used his Congressional pay raises to fund community college scholarships in southwestern Oregon.

Rep. Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Community Health Care Caucus, the Diabetes Caucus, the Mental Health Care Caucus, the Generic Drug Equity Caucus, and the Alzheimer’s Caucus. He’s also a member of the Rural Health Care Caucus.

Congressman DeFazio previously worked as a gerontologist, studying the effects of aging, and is on the House Hunger Caucus.

And speaking of hunger…I simply had to share this video with you, because it tugged at my heartstrings! Our very own “Day 209,” singer and musician Spencer Day, posted this video on his Facebook page. It’s an interview with Feeding America at an event where he performed for many of their chief supporters. View it here:

Spencer really has the potential to make a huge impact on our oft-fickle society. I can’t wait to see where he goes with his efforts.

Have a great night! ♥

Laurita

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