Gabriella Miller's Fight Lives On: #KidsFirst Research Act Passes House With Broad Bipartisan Support
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today delivered the following speech urging colleagues to support the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2109). With Gabriella's parents, Mark and Ellyn, present in the House chamber, H.R. 2019 passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 295-103.
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the gentleman from Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. I also would like to thank my colleague, the gentleman from Vermont, for his courage in providing bipartisan support, along with some other colleagues, in support of this bill – as well as the Republican cosponsors Gregg Harper from Mississippi and Tom Cole from Oklahoma, here in this chamber. I also would like to recognize, for those colleagues who are here in the chamber, we are joined by Gabriella’s parents in the gallery, Ellyn and Mark Miller. I want to thank them for their courage in being here. I want to thank them for their understanding of what goes on on this floor and to not take it in any other way than we’re trying to do what’s right. We’re trying to do what’s right in delivering on the legacy of their daughter.
“Mr. Speaker, Gabriella Miller, a young girl from Virginia, was only 9 years old when she found out she had an inoperable brain tumor the size of a walnut and wasn’t given long to live. Despite her diagnosis, Gabriella and her family chose to fight and share her dream with others of overcoming childhood disease.