THANKING COURTNEY AND CHLOE SMITH FOR REPRESENTING LOUISIANA DURING THE CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK CELEBRATION -- (Extensions of Remarks - February 04, 2004)
HON. DAVID VITTER
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2004
Mr. VITTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize 3-year-old twins, Courtney and Chloe Smith, of Alexandria, Louisiana. Courtney and Chloe have been selected to serve as ambassadors for the millions of kids treated this year at children's hospitals across the United States.
Born in March 2000, Courtney and Chloe are the smallest twins at birth ever to survive in the U.S. For over 3 months, they fought for their lives in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at CHRISTUS St. Francis Cabrini Hospital. Due to their miraculous show of strength, they will serve as representatives for Foresters Champions Across America, a national Children's Miracle Network program.
As representatives of Louisiana, Courtney and Chloe will visit Capitol Hill and the White House to meet with some of our Nation's leaders. They will also travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to participate in the taping of the Children's Miracle Network celebration.
As the father of twin girls, I am able to comprehend the magnitude of such a situation. Children are a gift, and any parent is twice as happy when two special children are brought into the world at one time.
I come to the floor of the House of Representatives today to personally commend, honor and thank Courtney and Chloe Smith for taking on the responsibility of representing Louisiana during such an important and meaningful event. It is rare that we as Members of the U.S. Congress are able to recognize people that are so young and yet so fierce in their fight for life. Courtney and Chloe can truly attest to the life-saving abilities and importance of the Children's Miracle Network. This nation-wide system of hospitals deserves tremendous acknowledgement and appreciation for all the assistance they bring to families such as the Smiths.
Again, thank you to Courtney and Chloe Smith for so honorably representing the state of Louisiana.