2015-04-10 / Community

Local lads lobby legislators


South Portland brothers Theo and Andrew LeBlanc meet with Sen. Susan Collins, right, at the U.S. Capitol Building March 27 to lobby for funding to increase research dollars dedicated to understanding and curing Tourette Syndrome, and to pay for education programs to help raise awareness of the disorder and combat bullying of those afflicted by it. As part of their training for that program, the brothers met Tourette Syndrome Association President Annetta Hewko in Washington D.C. and lobbied all four members of Maine’s congressional delegation, including Collins, Sen. Angus King, and Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree. “They did two of the meetings completely on their own, which was awesome,” said the boys’ father, Justin LeBlanc. Over the past two years, the LeBlanc family has raised more than $30,000 for the TSA. (Courtesy photos) South Portland brothers Theo and Andrew LeBlanc meet with Sen. Susan Collins, right, at the U.S. Capitol Building March 27 to lobby for funding to increase research dollars dedicated to understanding and curing Tourette Syndrome, and to pay for education programs to help raise awareness of the disorder and combat bullying of those afflicted by it. As part of their training for that program, the brothers met Tourette Syndrome Association President Annetta Hewko in Washington D.C. and lobbied all four members of Maine’s congressional delegation, including Collins, Sen. Angus King, and Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree. “They did two of the meetings completely on their own, which was awesome,” said the boys’ father, Justin LeBlanc. Over the past two years, the LeBlanc family has raised more than $30,000 for the TSA. (Courtesy photos) Theo, a sixth-grader at Mahoney Middle School, has dealt with Tourette Syndrome his entire life. He and Andrew, a freshman at South Portland High School, were recently made youth ambassadors by the national Tourette Syndrome Association.



Below, The LeBlanc brothers met with a number of officials, including Sen. Angus King, right. (Courtesy photo) Below, The LeBlanc brothers met with a number of officials, including Sen. Angus King, right. (Courtesy photo)

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