10-year-old TIME For Kids reporter Brennan LaBrie sits down and chats with 11-year-old Seattle based health care reformer Marcelas Owens.
A CANCELED PLAYDATE (And a Pretty Good Excuse)
by Brennan LaBrie
I had a playdate planned – but I guess I’ll have to put it off for a little while.
Something came up.
A new friend of mine, Marcelas Owens, was flown to Washington, D.C., to attend the signing of the new healthcare bill. Marcelas, 11, stood right next to President Obama as Obama signed the new bill into law.
Marcelas got to be a part of this special day by going through something very hard: his mother, Tiffany, died in 2007 after her heart condition, pulmonary hypertension, caused the loss of her job and with it the loss of her health insurance and home.
She had been an advocate for healthcare reform. She spoke out for healthcare and died because she had none.
After her death, Marcelas felt he wanted to speak up as well. (Read More