12 year old Independence boy named Youth Ambassador for the Tourette Association of America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local 12 year old heading to Washington D.C. to speak with members of Congress Independence, MO – March 4, 2017 12 year old Pierson Phillips of Independence, MO has been named as a Youth Ambassador for the Tourette Association of America. He will be leaving for Washington D.C. this week, along with 17 other Youth Ambassadors from around the country, to start his training in order to help educate others on Tourette Syndrome.
Pierson is most excited about his visit to Capitol Hill and the opportunity to speak with lawmakers. “I really like public speaking and I know that I can make a difference.” He will be meeting with Congressmen as well as legislative aides to discuss funding and research towards Tourette Syndrome along with other neurological disorders. Pierson has been speaking locally for the past two years on Tourette Syndrome and Mental Illness. He spoke last year at the Kauffman Foundation in support of the Children’s Services Fund Coaltion tax that passed on the Jackson County ballot this past November. He also spoke at the 2016 General Federation of Women’s Service Clubs Missouri state convention.
As a Tourette Association of America Youth Ambassador, Pierson will be able to advocate for and talk about Tourette and Tic Disorders in his community, with elected officials, and also before peers at school, sports leagues, scout troops, camps and after-school programs. For more information, please contact Hilaire Phillips at tourettestrong@gmail.com


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