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GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - Cheryl Klein brought a chair and a handwritten sign that read "Congressman Huizenga closed my cancer trial" and sat at the corner of Rivertown Parkway and Wilson Avenue in Grandville Tuesday afternoon.
"I'm here because I'm having a hard time understanding what's happening in this country," said Klein.
Klein is battling ovarian cancer.
"And I just got the results of my last CAT scan and things are starting to happen again. So I need to get on this. I need to get busy again," she explained.
But Klein can't get busy. She wants to go to the National Cancer Institute to research clinical trials for cancer treatment. But it's not up and running because of the federal government shutdown.
So she set up shop outside U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga's office.
"This is symbolic in that I wanted to be on his [Congressman Huizenga's] turf. I want him to know that I don't think he's representing me," Klein said.
24 Hour News 8 spoke with Huizenga (R-Zeeland) over the phone Tuesday. He explained he voted to keep the clinical trials running.
"Obviously, we're trying to do the best that we can with a very bad situation. You know, my family has been personally affected by cancer as well," said Huizenga. "This is about making sure that we have a functioning government in America. That's what we're working on. And in the House of Representatives, by the time we're done this week, we will have funded over half of all of the current budget of government operations."
Huizenga said he voted last week to keep the National Institutes of Health and the cancer trials open, but that the House couldn't get Senate support.
He hoped Klein would have come in to his office to talk about her situation and her controversial sign, which even Klein admits doesn't paint the whole picture.
"This sign is a little misleading because nobody canceled my cancer trial, what they canceled is my access to finding the information that I need to do the cancer trial," Klein said.
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