July 19th. 2018
“Olivia Shorter, of Matteson, walked the halls of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and entered the offices of several members of Congress for one-on-one meetings.
Shorter, 7, was there to urge lawmakers to help children, like her, who have sickle cell disease.
“Hello, my name is Olivia,” her pitch began, according to her mother, Danielle Shorter. “Thank you for helping children with sickle cell. Here’s my card.”
When Olivia saw U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, her congresswoman, she gave her a great, big hug, her parents said.
“Olivia is a remarkable young woman,” Kelly said in a statement. “Olivia has become a powerful advocate for other children suffering from this disease. … Her selflessness and willingness to educate her community is truly inspiring.”
Her family’s trip to D.C. was paid for by Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where Olivia is a patient, as part of its Kids Family Advocacy Day.”