“I have been waiting for this moment for fifteen years. I can’t bring my daughter back, but I am so proud that Janey’s name is on this bill to inspire others to work for justice.”
— Retired U.S. Marine Sergeant Jerry Ensminger (second from right)
Last week, President Obama signed into law a new bill that will provide health care to thousands of veterans and their families who were made seriously ill by contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina.
Retired U.S. Marine Sergeant Jerry Ensminger — who started the petition on Change.org that called for the new bill — was right there.
Jerry agonized for decades over why his daughter Janey died of Leukemia at age 9. He discovered that Janey was only one of many to get sick and even die because of what is called the largest water contamination incident in American history.
After more than 135,000 people signed Jerry’s petition, Congress passed “The Janey Ensminger Law,” named after Jerry’s daughter — now as many as one million people can get help paying for medical coverage from the contamination at the military base.
Jerry’s not alone. Change.org members are winning campaigns that don’t just change the world, but that actually save lives — see the inspiring list of other recent victories below. We can’t wait to see what Change.org members like you will do next.
Thanks for making all this happen,
- Michael and the Change.org team