Cancer Awareness Permeates Capitol Hill
Members wore gray bracelets to the State of the Union to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.
Rep. Rodney Davis’, R-Ill., guest was Kimberly Wade, the mother of 8-year-old Jonny Wade, who died on Christmas Eve of brain cancer. Davis walked from office to office handing out the gray bracelets, which a bipartisan group of lawmakers all wore and pledged their support for “Team Jonny.”
Both Illinois senators, Democrat Richard J. Durbin and Republican Mark S. Kirk, wore bracelets, as well as Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich.; Kevin Yoder, R-Kan.; and André Carson, D-Ind., among others.
While President Barack Obama entered the chamber, Davis held up Jonny’s twin brother, Jacky, on his shoulder to show him the president. One of the president’s major asks in the speech was for a “moonshot” to cure cancer, and he made Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the head of “Mission Control.” Biden lost his adult son, Beau, last year to cancer.
Davis sent a “Dear Colleague” letter on Monday asking members to stand up to pediatric cancer at the State of the Union address and support #TeamJonny.