GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – A 10-year-old patient will visit Capitol Hill to advocate for better pediatric specialty care.

According to a press release, the patient from Children’s Nebraska will attend the 19th annual Children’s Hospital Association Family Advocacy Day event in Washington, D.C.

Emersyn Arterburn and her mother, Lori Arterburn, both of Grand Island, will meet with U.S. Reps. Don Bacon, Mike Flood and Adrian Smith, as well as Senators Pete Ricketts and Deb Fischer of Nebraska’s congressional delegation.

“We are so excited to go to Washington, DC, to advocate for children like Emersyn and families like ours,” said Lori Arterburn. “Children’s health care is incredibly important to me, and we are honored to speak in support of children everywhere who need specialized care.”

The duo will be there from June 12 to 14 and will also meet with dozens of patient families from affiliated hospitals and health care systems to advocate for important legislation that ensures access to quality pediatric health care.

The Arterburns will discuss investments to support Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, expanding mental health care for children and teens, and increasing the pediatric health care workforce.

Arterburn was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of cancerous brain tumor, at the age of seven and has been battling it for almost two years. Her last chemotherapy treatment was completed in April 2023.