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Putting a Face on the Federal Shutdown: Local Cancer Victim Denied Access to Treatment

We all have read reports about the impact of the federal government’s shutdown on children and families, but nothing drives the point home like the case of 30-year-old Michelle Langbehn. The shutdown is blocking access of this cancer victim and Auburn CA resident to life-saving experimental treatment.

As reported in the Sacramento Bee  and local, national, and international media, Michelle, the mother of 19-month-old Lula, may die because the shutdown has blocked the National Institute of Health (NIH) from providing the experimental treatment to Michelle and more than 200 other cancer victims each week. Some of the cancer victims are as young as eight-years-old.

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