Meet Crystal Lett
A Lifetime of Fighting for children and families...
When Crystal’s son Noble was diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic disorder, she was told he’d need special care and treatments for the rest of his life. While both Crystal and her husband Jameson worked full-time jobs, they still struggled to pay the enormous health bills. As parents they were terrified for their son and worried about the quality of life he’d have - they knew they couldn’t give up.
Luckily, Noble was able to qualify for coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, CHIP. Thanks to this coverage, Crystal’s son got the treatments and therapy he needed to flourish and the Lett family avoided poverty. Crystal asked herself how families, with fewer advantages and opportunities than hers, possibly handle the enormous costs of medical care. She knew she had to stand up not just for her own family, but for the millions of families across our nation who depend on CHIP and other vital services.
So, Crystal took action. She volunteered to represent Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Washington D.C. to speak on behalf of CHIP families. She explained that many middle-class families are just one missed paycheck, one medical emergency, one illness away from poverty.
Crystal partnered with Senator Sherrod Brown to advocate for the reauthorization of CHIP benefits in DC. When Senator Brown made his speech about CHIP funding on the Senate floor, he made it clear, saying: “Kids on CHIP don’t have lobbyists. They have people like Crystal Lett. People who fight for families and children.”
While Crystal advocates for children’s healthcare, she actively volunteers with Save the Children Action Network supporting universal access to early childhood education and to improve maternal, newborn, and child survival abroad. As a mother of three, Crystal knows how important it is to support women’s rights at home and abroad.
When Crystal saw first-hand how mental illness is stigmatized and care is under-funded, she worked with children as a case manager for North Central Community Mental Health Center. Crystal knows first hand how basic support can make the difference in the life of a child.
After attending the Women’s March in Washington, Crystal felt aligned with millions of other women throughout the nation and across the world. She knew it was time to enroll all of the engaged women into action. Crystal founded The Salon Lab in Columbus, a bipartisan group of women dedicated to discussing political topics and engaging female voters.
Crystal holds a B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. She graduated Cum Laude. Crystal studied climate change and political decision making in eight countries in South and Central America.
“Fighting for women and families has been the cause of my life. Women and children need a champion and I want to be that champion. Now, I’m asking you to help send me to Washington so that we can take our country back for my children and yours.” - Crystal Lett