Mother, son push for medical research
WASHINGTON — Ashley McGarrah of Rogers took Jaxon, her 3-year-old son, to Capitol Hill last week and asked three Republican members of the Arkansas congressional delegation to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health.
They met with U.S. Rep. Steve Womack of Rogers, U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Rogers and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Dardanelle.
They also participated in the 2017 Rally for Medical Research as representatives of the American Heart Association.
Jaxon was born with a heart defect and has undergone three open-heart surgeries.
“Medical research saved my son’s life. Without medical research he wouldn’t be here today,” McGarrah said.
Jaxon’s heart problems have continued, she said, but she expressed confidence that researchers — with sufficient funding — can come up with solutions.
“Medical research can save my son’s life. It’s already done it once and we need it again, so we’re here today,” she said on Thursday, shortly before meeting with Cotton.
The trip, which included their first flight, was enjoyable for both mother and son, she said.
“Jaxon had a blast. … Jaxon took over the Capitol,” she said.
Ashley McGarrah and her son, Jaxon, 3, take in the sights on Capitol Hill last week.