Lewis Center residents David and Melissa Hoffman, whose twin daughters have cystic fibrosis, were among dozens of parents who on June 17 and 18 met with Washington, D.C., lawmakers on health reform.

Lewis Center residents David and Melissa Hoffman, whose twin daughters have cystic fibrosis, were among dozens of parents who on June 17 and 18 met with Washington, D.C., lawmakers on health reform.

The family traveled to the capital as part of the 2009 National Association of Children's Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) Family Advocacy Day, an effort to ensure national health reform legislation includes affordable health insurance coverage for children, as well as access to specialized care.

Since the twins were born, the Hoffmans have been regulars at Nationwide Children's Hospital's pulmonary unit. Both parents serve on the Nationwide Children's Hospital Family Advisory Council and David Hoffman has become an effective cystic fibrosis advocate.

Alyson and Andrea Hoffman, 8-year-old identical twins, keep busy with softball, jump rope, bike riding, swimming and singing in the church choir. They each also spend an hour every day with a treatment machine that pounds their chests clear of mucus, take nebulizer treatments (a nebulizer changes liquid medicine into a mist that can be inhaled) and swallow some 20 pills daily.

In Washington, the Hoffmans were to meet with Rep.Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH), Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH) and Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) to discuss the importance of including a child-specific benefits package in health-care reform.