Senator joins Team Elsie |

Senator joins Team Elsie

Gardnerville third-grader Elsie Hamer made a new friend on Saturday as Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., joined her for yogurt and to talk to her dad about health care.

Elsie guided the senator through the intricacies of Yogurt Beach in Gardnerville.

Elsie was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was a baby, though the only indication on Saturday were the pills she had to take with her treat.

As she dug in, father Dan Hamer asked the senator to join the Congressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus, something she said she would do.

“The senator and I discussed many of the healthcare and pre-existing conditions concerns that we had been unable to discuss in person,” Hamer said Tuesday. “I told her that when I began advocating there was no Nevada representative on the caucus. Since that time, Rep. Mark Amodei has joined and now serves as co-chair of the caucus, and Southern Nevada Rep. Susie Lee recently joined.”

Hamer said his goal is to get Nevada’s entire congressional group to join the caucus.

Hamer has been attending the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s March on the Hill since 2014, and has attended each of the last three years.

“This summer during their congressional recess I decided to reach out and take advantage of the senator’s being closer to home,” he said.

Hamer met with aide Nate Helton where he shared Elsie’s story and asked to meet with the senator in person.

“A day or two after the meeting, Nate reached out to me and asked if the senator could tell Elsie’s story in event being held at the Supreme Court steps on July 9,” Hamer said.

Hamer met with Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto while at the March on the Hill

“I have been working her office to arrange a direct meeting,” he said. “I just received word that in two weeks Rachel and I are among 12 Nevadans invited to a round table to discuss healthcare.”

A handful of family members and friends joined Rosen and Elsie at Yogurt Beach on Saturday, including her grandparents, John and Linda Hamer.