Mother, son push for med­i­cal re­search

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL - FRANK E. LOCKWOOD

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.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/FRANK E. LOCKWOOD

Ash­ley McGar­rah and her son, Jaxon, 3, take in the sights on Capi­tol Hill last week.

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