It isn’t easy having your voice heard. It’s even harder when you’re young. Imagine trying to convince others to listen to you as a teenager with a disability. That’s what makes kids like Katie Allee so incredible.
The 15 year old from Minnesota was able to take a trip to Washington D.C. this year to speak to lawmakers, including Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) during this summers healthcare debate. Her goal was simple: to share her experiences with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, a non-profit hospital in Minneapolis specializing in kids with complex conditions, rare disorders and traumatic injuries, as well as showing in person how much of a difference healthcare can make for kids like herself.
Katie’s experience not only motivated Senator Franken to talk about her in a speech, it solidified Katie’s goal as she looks towards college an beyond.
“I really care a lot about advocating for kids that don’t’ have a voice,” said Katie. “I’m kind of looking into law right now. I like the idea of being able to continue advocating for my career and I think law would provide that opportunity.”
Katie is absolutely brilliant and wonderful, and seeing all the work she’s done at such a young age should push all of us to follow her lead!