The Stand Together community set out to change that. Through Americans for Prosperity, they focused on building a nonpartisan coalition of lawmakers who wanted to do the right thing. The group launched a major media effort, including a national TV ad that thanked policymakers from both parties who were putting people over politics, while calling on their colleagues to act. And they upped the pressure on key lawmakers who were sticking to their old partisan ways, with grassroots activists making so many phone calls to Capitol Hill that one lawmaker finally called and said, “Enough, you’ve made your point — we’re trying to get this done.”
A few weeks later, Congress passed the legislation and sent it to the president’s desk — a major victory, proving that even in one of the most divisive periods of our country’s history, we can still bridge divides and move the country forward.
As for Matt? Thanks to his courageous leadership, Congress named the legislation after him and other terminally ill patients who advocated for its passage. And a few weeks later, Matt and Caitlin got incredible news: Matt had been granted access to a new experimental treatment. It had been two years since he’d taken his last step. But just one month after he began treatment, Matt posted a video on Facebook showing the progress he’d already made.