Bill to Fund Pediatric Research Could Help Local Kids

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- The National Institutes of Health could soon have more money for pediatric research. A bill supporting that funding is headed to the president's desk.

It's a move that could help enhance treatments for cancer and a number of diseases in children. The bill called the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Savings Act redirects money set aside for a presidential nominating convention.

One local family knows how hard it is to watch a child go through surgeries as he fights for a normal life.

"My son wasn't supposed to be here, and he still is. They never take their boxing gloves off, they never take them off, and it's so important. After what I've seen my son go through and what I've seen so many of these little people go through, they need help," said Renee Krieg.

Renee Krieg has watched her two year-old son Cody fight for his life. Cody has a hole and his heart and Allagile Syndrome.

"My son wouldn't be here if it wasn't for research and for the physician that created this procedure to help him," said Krieg.

Krieg, a nurse, supports the bill. The bill would allocate 126 million dollars over the span of ten years to pediatric research.

"This bill, not just for Cody but for all of these kids, is so important because it gives them a chance of life," said Krieg.

Political Analyst Dr. Bob Roberts says more politicians are raising funds privately. Money taken from the presidential election campaign fund may not be missed.

"Conventions will lose about a quarter of the funds it takes to run those conventions, which is probably not a big loss since increasingly people aren't even watching the conventions," said Dr. Roberts.

"We ought to put more money towards things like this," said Krieg.

"126 million dollars is really not a lot spread out over ten years," said Dr. Roberts.

In August, the Kriegs say Cody will be able to get a larger shunt put in his heart to close the hole. Krieg hopes more people will get behind funding for research that could save lives.

"They should look into the eyes of their own children, and think about the other places that they're putting money, that could make a difference for someone else's child," said Krieg.


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