Friday, June 19, 2009

WHIO Interview with Shayla

Here is the interview with WHIO in Washington D.C.!

Meeting with Representatives

The important work of Family Advocacy Day started bright and early on Thursday, June 18 and went the entire day. Shayla and Aliya visited with our Ohio delegation and told their stories about the importance of children's hospitals and health care for all kids!

The girls talking with Congressman Mike Turner

Shayla and Aliya giving their trading cards to Senator Sherrod Brown

The Ellington Family with Congressman Steve Austria

Visiting with Congressman John Boehner with other kids from his district and Cincinnati Children's.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

After DC

I had a lot of fun in DC!! I got to go on the Senate floor and put in votes for Congressman Turner and a couple of Congressmen and women. Mr. Turner also gave us his coin which is very nice. He was a joy to be around and I enjoyed his company. He even took me on a member's only balcony that had a gorgeous view of DC. It was amazing!! I was so astonished that he let me and my little sister do all that. It was a once in a lifetime opporitunity. Mr. Turner and Mr. Austria offered me and my family a private tour of the Capitol if we ever come back in town. So I am so glad I had this opporitunity. I wish I could've stayed longer but I experienced something that most people will never get to experience in their lifetime. So DC was amazing! So was the Star Spangled Evening. I enjoyed the caricatures the most and the digital photos of me with Michelle and Barack. Overall DC was amazing!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Getting ready for Congress

I learned a lot from the session but I also figured out what I am going to tell Congress. I am going to tell them that Children's is an amazing hospital and makes everything seemed personalized. It's staff is like family and I think every child should have that opporitunity. So I think Children's should be available to every child.

Exploring Washington DC

I just got back from an amazing day. We got to go to H&M my new favorite store and we walked to the White House. It was a lot of fun!!! Now I get to go to the Star-Spangled Evening which is an amazing party planned for us!!

Shayla and Aliya outside of the White House

After Tour

I just got back from the tour and it was astonishing. I never knew how beautiful DC is. I got to go in the national museum and I went to see many exhibits. My favorite of them all was the first ladies' dresses from many years ago. They had great styles that I noticed are beginning to come back. I am about to go to lunch so I will blog later. Bye!!

Bus Tour of Washington DC

Being presidents at the American History Museum

This fits Shayla very well!

U.S. Capital Building

Smithsonian Institutes

The WWII Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial

Arrived safely

We've all arrived safely in Washington D.C. The National Association of Children's Hospitals gave us trading cards that we will be able to give to our new friends and legislators.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Before DC

Right now i'm in the airport waiting for my airplane. I'm sitting in a wi-fi area with my sister Aliya and my friend Jessica. I'm very excited because I get to let the legislatures know how important it really is to support Dayton Children's and children's health care needs. I want to let them know how much of a difference Dayton Children's has made for me and I think I will do a great job because people say I am very well spoken so I believe I will be able to get my point across. Also I am not nervous to meet and talk to them because it's just ordinary people. They just so happen to have a lot of power. So I know I will be able to convey my point to them.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Shayla and Aliya on K99.1FM with Nancy Wilson

Shayla and her sister Aliya being interviewed by Nancy Wilson of K99.1FM about their upcoming trip and the importance of Children's Hospitals.