Colby Elliot is the prototypical picture of an American boy. He has blonde hair, blue eyes and dimples that frame his smile. Norman Rockwell would have loved to use him as a model for one of his Saturday Evening Post covers in the 1950s.
Now that summer has arrived, the 7-year-old from Frisco can be found participating in All-American hobbies like swimming, riding his scooter, playing with his brothers and… meeting with U.S. legislators in Washington, D.C.
You see, Colby is All-American, but he isn’t ordinary. His whole life has been spent undergoing treatment for hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare congenital defect in which the left side of his heart is severely undeveloped. However, thanks to the dozens of specialists in The Heart Center at Children’s, Colby has come a long way since birth.
This week, Colby is trying to repay the favor by advocating for those specialists and others like them on Capitol Hill during the National Association of Children’s Hospitals’ Family Advocacy Day. He will meet with members of Texas’ congressional delegation on Tuesday and Wednesday to tell them about his condition and his lifesaving medical team.
Today, Colby is relaxing with his family and doing some sightseeing. He’s seen the Washington Monument and visited the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Below is a picture of Colby lighting a candle at the Holocaust Museum.
You can follow the rest of Colby’s big adventure this week right here on the blog and through Children’s Facebook page and Twitter account.