13 Year-Old Cancer Survivor Visits Capitol Hill to Talk with Nevada Lawmakers

Christy Smith, Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Bailey Johnson and Debbie Strickland, Director of Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, pose for a photo on Capitol Hill

Bailey Johnson was diagnosed with cancer as a baby and has endured 13 years of chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries and a bone marrow transplant. Recently he traveled to Capitol Hill to tell his story to Nevada lawmakers and urge them to help fund research and treatment for children struggling with cancer.
His grandmother Christy Smith and Debbie Strickland, Executive Director of the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, accompanied Bailey as he met with Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Congressman Mark Amodei and other lawmakers. Barrik Gold underwrote the trip.
The trio journeyed to Washington D.C. to join other families from around the country for Childhood Cancer Action Day. During the event, families advocate for improved treatments for childhood cancer, more effective therapies and improving access to treatments. Debbie Strickland says the trip is an opportunity for Nevada families to keep our representatives informed on issues surrounding pediatric cancer.
Bailey’s grandmother says through all the pain and treatment Bailey has emerged as a bright, caring, happy child who loves ice hockey.