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Cedar Rapids mom takes over Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account
By Lily Abromeit, The Gazette
Jul. 26, 2015 9:56 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS - For a few hours Sunday morning, instead of featuring campaign announcements and photos greeting voters, Hillary Clinton's Twitter account was filled with tweets from a Cedar Rapids mom - taking over the account to represent the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Sara Todd is a nurse from Cedar Rapids, and the American with Disabilities Act is very close to her heart because of her son Adam, who has Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a form of epilepsy.
'It's just a great platform to get our story out there, and not only raise awareness and raise awareness for our son but really everyone with disabilities,” Todd said.
Todd tweeted that the 'ADA helps [Adam] to live life to the fullest, each & every day.”
Patrick Burgwinkle, the press secretary for the Clinton campaign, said via email that Todd and her husband Dale are 'very active in trying to secure funding for research into finding a cure both at the state and national levels.”
Adam's father, Dale Todd, formerly served as Cedar Rapids parks commissioner. He's the former chair of the Iowa Epilepsy Foundation, and has also served on the board of directors of the Iowa-Illinois-Nebraska Epilepsy Foundation and as vice chair of legal and public policy for the National Epilepsy Foundation.
Sara Todd tweeted about the family's daily life, how the ADA helps Adam and the benefits they are able to enjoy as a result, such as Adam's service dog, Turbo.
She also mentioned the family's support of Clinton, saying she remembers the first time the family met the potential 2016 presidential candidate.
'At a dinner in 2007, Adam broke away from us [and] ran up to her,” she tweeted. 'Later that night, she joined us to talk about the big questions that really need to be asked - for Adam, and for everyone fighting for a cure.”
Todd said she thinks their story is especially compelling and relevant.
'Our son has had a lot of challenges in his life, but the ADA has helped him,” she said. 'I think our story was a way to highlight that Adam's overcome a lot of challenges, but he still faces challenges every day.”
She added that it is important for someone in Iowa to represent this issue, especially with Iowa's significance in the presidential campaign process.
'I think Iowa, as most of the nation knows, carries a lot of weight, and we have a long history of checking out our presidential candidates and seeing how they stand on issues that are important to us and kind of help with that vetting process,” she said.