The 21st Century Cures Initiative and My Small Role.

Some late nights were involved…

I don’t normally do this but today I’m feeling especially proud (and humbled) to be part of Team Upton.

The Boss (Gray suite — white hair — speaking) greets the press after the historic, bipartisan 344–77 vote in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act.

For the past 18 months we (and by “we” I mean a TEAM of countless individuals — too many to tag) came together to work on a thing called 21st Century Cures. It’s a piece of legislation that will speed the discovery, development, and delivery of life-saving cures and devices to families across the country. One family in Michigan, the Kennedy’s (whom I got to meet on the campaign trail this fall), will be impacted greatly by this legislation and it was incredible to learn their story and hear stories from countless other families who will be positively impacted.

Yours truly at the Aspen Ideas Festival where we want to pitch the Cures initiative.

Earlier today, the 21st Century Cures Act passed the House of Reps by a 344–77 vote. Having the privilege of being on the House floor when it passed is one of the highlights of my career.

Behind the scenes of a typical “press hit” in the Cannon Rotunda.

In honor of being one step closer to the finish line — I’ve assembled some truly behind-the-scenes pictures that capture some of the craziness.

The Boss with Brooke and Brielle Kennedy of Mattawan Michigan. Their battle with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) was the genesis of the Cures initiative.
The Boss with Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) in Mackinac Island talking about the “Cures initiative” (amongst other things) Not pictured: KMW.
The Boss with members of House GOP Leadership announcing the floor vote for the 21st Century Cures Act.
At a press conference with patients discussing the Cures initiative. Not pictured: RTW.
The Boss speaking with patient group representatives as part of a grassroots outreach efforts to spur momentum for the legislation.
The Boss and his partner — Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) taping a video to help promote the Cures initiative.
The Boss and Max — a patient advocate whom we became close with during the 18 month journey.
Me and The Boss — driving to an event to “plug” the Cures initiative.
Throughout the 18 month process — we used emerging technologies to help promote the legislation. Our motto was we would talk about this with anyone, anyplace, anytime. This is from a Snapchat post.

Onward with ‪#‎Cures2015‬!

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