“I have been waiting for this moment for fifteen years. I can’t bring my daughter
back, but I am so proud that Janey’s name is on this bill to inspire others to work
-- Retired U.S. Marine Sergeant Jerry Ensminger (second from right)
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Last week, President Obama signed into law a new bill that will provide health care
to thousands of veterans and their families who were made seriously ill by contaminated
water at the
Camp Lejeune military base in . North Carolina
Retired U.S. Marine Sergeant Jerry Ensminger -- who started the petition on Change.org
that called for the new bill -- was right there.
Jerry agonized for decades over why his daughter Janey died of Leukemia at age 9.
He discovered that Janey was only one of many to get sick and even die because of
what is called the largest water contamination incident in American history.
After more than 135,000 people signed Jerry's petition,
Congress passed "The Janey Ensminger Law," named after Jerry's daughter
-- now as many as one million people can get help paying for medical coverage from
the contamination at the military base.
Jerry's not alone. Change.org members are winning campaigns that don't just change
the world, but that actually save lives --
see the inspiring list of other recent victories below.
We can't wait to see what Change.org members like you will do next.
Thanks for making all this happen,
- Michael and the Change.org team
Delhi Charter School in ended its official policies of suspending pregnant Louisiana
students and mandating pregnancy tests for students "suspected" of being pregnant.
The move to eliminate the policies (which violated three federal laws) came after
more than 126,000 people
signed a petition started by Teen Parent Ambassador for Brigham Women's Hospital,
Natasha Vianna -- herself a former teen mom.
Special needs won't prevent 4-year-old Amelia Rivera from getting the kidney transplant
More than 50,000 people
signed Sunday Stilwell's petition asking the Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia
to allow a life-saving transplant for 4-year-old Amelia Rivera. The hospital just
reversed its earlier decision not to allow the procedure because she is cognitively
impaired. Now, Amelia will get the care she needs.
Lawrence Stallworth knows what it's like to be HIV-positive as a young man. When
he heard that the
Milton Hershey School in had Pennsylvania
rejected a 13-year-old just for being HIV-positive,
started a petition Lawrence
to get the school to reverse its position.
More than 29,000 people
's petition, and the school will allow the boy to attend in the fall. Lawrence
United Airlines issues a refund to man with a heart transplant.
United Airlines refused to let Greg Boros purchase insurance for his airline ticket
because he had a pre-existing condition -- a heart transplant. After Greg's doctor
said he wasn't well enough to fly, United refused to refund the cost of Greg's ticket.
More than 1,500 people signed a petition started by a family friend of Greg's, and
United reversed its position and refunded the airfare in full.
3-year-old with rare condition will receive life-saving surgery she needs from a
It looked like Evangeline Burrors would have to settle for less-than-expert care
for her life-threatening brain disease. But after more than 700 people signed a petition
started by a family friend asking Kaiser Permanente to cover her care with a renowned
expert just two miles way, Kaiser relented -- and Evangeline will get the treatment
she needs close to her home.
Prescription companies in
are now responsible for proper disposal Alameda County, CA
Instead of letting old medications contaminate waterways or endanger people who abuse
prescription drugs, the companies that make these drugs will now have to dispose
of them properly. Thanks to the 500 people who signed a petition on Change.org, people
can now send their medications back to the manufacturer for proper disposal.
The University of Michigan Hospital becomes a safer place for Latex sensitive patients.
Frances Janis was alarmed when her son -- who has a life-threatening allergy to Latex
-- was almost exposed to it, again and again, while he was admitted at the University
for major surgery. Michigan Hospital ' petition helped get the hospital Frances
to create a safe Latex-free medical environment for patients who are allergic to
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