Jeremy Wilcox is a husband to his wife Jess, and father to their 8 children. He is a graduate of Geneva College with a B.S. degree in Business. His 4-year-old son Joey was paralyzed from the neck down and diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) in September 2018. Joey spent 36 days in the hospital, first in the ICU, and then in-patient rehab at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. Joey continued out-patient therapies for six months. Through intensive daily therapy, Joey has regained the ability to walk, run, jump and has full use of his arms and legs. Jeremy began his AFM advocacy efforts in October 2018, first with Virginia Department of Health, with the agency admitting suspected and confirmed cases of AFM existed in the Commonwealth. Jeremy helped bring together AFM families and leadership at CDC and NIH, elected representatives in Congress, and presented to the CDC AFM Task Force in Atlanta. Jeremy was a guest on Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, has interviewed with NBC, ABC and CNN, and is a parent representative for the AFM Working Group headed by Dr. Carlos Pardo that brings together dozens of stakeholders collaborating to improve AFM patient outcomes. Jeremy has been advocating for federal funding for AFM research, transparency in state reporting including making AFM a national notifiable condition, and most importantly, raising overall awareness for this uncommon, devastating illness.