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Walberg Welcomes Dream Foundation Recipient from Jackson County to Washington, D.C.

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Washington, April 5, 2017 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today welcomed Brandon Martz and his family from Jackson County to Washington, D.C. to help fulfill Brandon’s dream of visiting our nation’s capital. The trip was made possible with the help of the Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults. Eighteen-year-old Brandon has been battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy since the age of four. Click here for pictures of Brandon’s visit to the U.S. Capitol and here for video of Congressman Walberg's remarks on the House floor.

“It was an honor to welcome Brandon, his brother, and his parents to our nation’s capital and be part of turning his dream into a reality,” said Congressman Walberg. “Brandon is an inspiration and I was moved by his courage and fight to raise awareness about muscular dystrophy. I hope this week offers the Martz family an opportunity to create many lasting memories together.”

During a tour of the U.S. Capitol, Speaker Paul Ryan met with the Martz family on the speaker’s balcony. In addition to today’s visit to the U.S. Capitol, Brandon and his family are touring the White House, Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, and other monuments and museums this week.

Last year, Brandon’s parents, Doug and Cinni, wrote a letter to Congressman Walberg about their son’s rare disease and participation in a clinical trial. When the House was debating the 21st Century Cures Act in November 2016, Congressman Walberg shared Brandon’s story on the House floor and spoke about the need to expedite the development of new cures by prioritizing medical research and streamlining the FDA approval process. Click here for video

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