Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, on Christmas Day 2014, 7-year-old Jonny was diagnosed with brain and spinal cancer. On January 2nd, 2016, young Jonny’s family laid him to rest.
Roughly 1 in every 300 children in the United States will be diagnosed with some form of cancer before their 20th birthday. Jonny always said: ‘‘I don’t want any other kid to have cancer.’’
Jonny’s family, with the help of their Representative RODNEY DAVIS, are making sure Congress hears this message. They have also been joined by Texas State Representative Patrick Fallon. He recently raised money for pediatric cancer by running the World Marathon Challenge, consisting of 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, and he had never run a marathon before. During the races, Fallon carried a photo of Jonny and his brother Jacky in his shoe. In fact, Jacky even ran with him in the U.S. race in Miami, Florida.
I can’t think of a better reason to run a marathon. Together, we can beat childhood cancer into the shadows with each step. And that’s just the way it is.