Seattle 11-year-old health care advocate back home after D.C. trip



Posted on March 12, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 12 at 9:34 AM

SEATTLE -- An 11-year-boy is back home in Seattle after a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C. where he campaigned for health care reform.

Marcelas Owens took up the cause after his mother died. He spoke with KING 5 when he touched down at Sea-Tac Airport late last night.

Owens can be forgiven for being a little bit sleepy after the week he's had.His mother, Tiffany Owens, died of pulmonary hypertension three years ago. He shared her story with members of Congress this week.

"She lost her job and her healthcare with it, and she ended up passing away because she didn't have equal rights to healthcare," he told lawmakers.

Now safely back in Seattle, Marcelas brought some mementos back home with him, along with a deep sense of accomplishment.

"I think I changed a few of their minds," he said.

His grandmother, who was at his side, agrees.

"Magical. You know, I think there's a lot more support now," said Gina Owens, Marcelas' grandmother.

Marcelas has one more speaking engagement. Today he'll visit his old school to share his amazing experiences.

"But after that, no more. I have to sleep!" he said.