PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A Valley teenager is back home after testifying in Congress. He asked lawmakers to make it easier for sick patients to get their hands on potentially life-saving treatments not available in the United States.
"My parents never gave up hope they could get this treatment in the United States," said Diego Morris.
15-year-old Diego Morris got a first-hand civics lesson when he testified last Thursday in front of Congress.
"It was incredible, it was unlike anything I'll ever do again," said Diego.
He was testifying about something he is passionate about, the passage of the right to try initiative.
"Right to try gives patients the opportunity to try potentially life-saving treatments when they have a terminal illness," he said.
At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma a rare bone cancer. His parents decided to move to London where a new drug was showing great promise in cases similar to his. He had to move because the drug was available throughout the world, but not in the United States.
"It was frightening, I was leaving everything that I knew and moving across the ocean to a completely new country that I have never visited," said Diego.
He hopes lawmakers hear his story, and stories like his, to hopefully get potentially life-saving medications and treatments in the hands of those who need them without the red tape.
"I would just like to help make a difference to get right to try passed, and just give patients something to save their lives, and just give them some hope where there was no hope," he said.
Diego is now a freshman at Brophy College Preparatory in Central Phoenix.