Teen Leads Crusade For Children's Health Care
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 15, 2003
TOMBALL, TEXAS--Martin Gutierrez is an activist with passion and a mission.
The 16-year-old Tomball High School student has begun a campaign to take 1,000 children to Congress and the White House to deliver a message: "Stop cutting health services for children".
Gutierrez, who has cerebral palsy, learned just a few weeks ago that a Texas plan will cut funding for some mental health and dental services under Medicaid and the Child Health Insurance Program, used mostly by low income and Hispanic families, beginning September 1.
The changes will have no direct impact on Gutierrez -- who is not yet a U.S. citizen -- but they will effect his younger brother and sister along with potentially thousands of other Texas children.
That has motivated him to create a non-profit activist organization, Kids Crusade 4 Health, which is in the process of developing a new Website for and by children.
"I want to talk to the president and let him know about my brother and sister and see if he can get the state to donate more money to medical programs for children," Gutierrez told News 24. "I don't want them to lose their vision and dental coverage. My parents can't afford it."
"Teen with Cerebral Palsy fights for Children's Health Insurance" (News 24 Houston)
"A word with the president - student wants to become a voice for kids" (Tomball Potpourri)
Kids Crusade 4 Health