Dear Friend,

This morning I joined my colleagues in our nation’s capital for the signing of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures), bipartisan legislation to revolutionize our approach to medical research and innovation and bring it into the 21st century.

Across Mississippi and across the US, there are millions of families going into this Christmas season not knowing if this will be the last holiday that they will get to spend with their loved ones. This bill will deliver hope to millions of Americans through new, faster, and more effective cures for patients.

This morning I had the privilege of meeting a young man named Max Schill. Seven years old (almost eight), Max lit up the entire room with his wide smile and charm. Max was born with a rare disease called Noonan Syndrome, which is a genetic condition that affects cell growth and development. Max has been an unrelenting advocate for the 21st Century Cures Act and was at the bill signing this morning to share his excitement!

Before House Speaker Paul Ryan signed the bill, Max came to the podium and courageously said to the audience, “Cures will help people feel better. Cures is more than hope, it’s action! Thank you for working with each other on Cures. Cheers to Cures!”

It is because of the brave people like Max that I am proud to have supported Cures; I am proud that the parents of children suffering from illness can look to the future with hope. That is what this bill is all about. It is about bringing people together to find better treatments faster and bring hope to Max and those like him who are suffering right now.

God Bless,

Gregg Harper
Member of Congress