Gabriella Miller was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in November 2012 when she just nine years old. She spent the rest of her days campaigning and fundraising for cancer research. She became a local hero in her home state of Virginia and soon took her fight to Capitol Hill, demanding more funding for medical research. Her message was strong and blunt: “Stop talking and start doing. Talk is bull****. We need action.”

Gabriella spent hours in chemotherapy but was determined to spread awareness and educate parents and other children about cancer.  She had helped raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her brain tumor was the size of a walnut which affected nerves to the rest of her body.  The Millers would smash walnuts to give their daughter a sense of control.  They started the Smashing Walnuts Foundation to raise money for cancer research.

After her death last October, Rep. Eric Cantor pushed the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act through Congress. The bill would redirect millions in taxpayer funds from political conventions to pediatric medical research. The vote was hailed as a rare moment of bipartisanship in the increasingly divided Congress.

Watch Gabriella’s story in the video above.


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