Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson: Sarah Hughes Reaction to Trump Joint Address

March 1, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) tonight shared photos and reaction from Fulshear resident Sarah Hughes’ attendance at President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress. She enjoyed the surreal experience of witnessing a historic moment.

“Sarah Hughes was an important inspiration for me as we worked to pass the 21st Century Cures Act last year,” Rep. Olson said. “Congress passed that bill, which was signed into law. It will go a long way to help folks like Sarah impacted by rare diseases find a cure. Thanks to life-saving adult stem cell therapy, Sarah is a living a fuller, healthier life. It was an honor to invite her as my guest at the president’s speech.

“President Trump also had a guest with a rare disease as his guest tonight, on National Rare Disease day; it’s encouraging to know that the President is focused on the need to do all we can to support research to find cures. I was pleased to hear his message of working with Congress to secure our communities and get our nation on track,” Olson added.

            Olson & Sarah in his DC office             

Sarah in the Capitol subway headed to the Joint Address

Sarah & Gov Perry (soon to be Energy Sec Perry) at Joint Address

Sarah Hughes was diagnosed as a young child with Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, a life-threatening disease. She received high-dose adult stem cell therapy in Cancun, Mexico; her cells were processed by Houston-based biotechnology company Celltex Therapeutics Corporation. Hughes has testified before the Federal Drug Administration in support of changes to US law on adult stem cell therapy.


Media Contact: Melissa Kelly