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WASHINGTON — A young woman whose father founded a biotechnology company in pursuit of a treatment for her rare disease will be front and center on Tuesday night for President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress.

Megan Crowley, a college student who was diagnosed with Pompe disease at 15 months old, will be seated alongside first lady Melania Trump during the address. Beforehand, Crowley and her father, John, will meet with Trump in the Oval Office to discuss rare disease treatments.


“Megan and our family will meet privately in the Oval Office with the President to discuss the needs of people living with rare diseases, and especially advancing medicines for treatments and cures for ALL rare diseases,” John F. Crowley wrote in a Facebook post.

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  • My daughter is 5 and was diagnosed with Pompe at 3 months old! It’s been such a long journey and we are struggling with finances and depression and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in helping our family towards our gofundme campaign? I’ve tried so many other avenues but they’ve all lead to nothing.

  • Very interesting! I recently did an article on how telemedicine can be used to reach remote patients. This story is very interesting as it relates to a few of the trends that we are seeing in the healthcare arena; there will be some major changes to the industry over the next few years.

  • I recently met Katie Meyler after her presentation at Amicus Therapeutics. She is the founder of More Than Me, a nonprofit organization that provides girls with the education, health and social services they need in the Ebola stricken slum of West Point, Liberia. During her caregiver role in the fight against Ebola Katie realized that you cannot wait for medical agencies, governments or aid organizations to come in and “be the hero”. The problem was overwhelming. She needed to “be the hero”. I believe that John Crowley and Megan have received the same revelation and are acting upon it. If only we all would do the same…

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