Roland Williams isn’t like other 11-year-old boys. He has stage 4 lung cancer, and he is bedridden most days.
“My son doesn’t get to do anything,” says his mother, Myra Gregory. “He’s at home in bed in pain right now.”
Gregory and Roland live in St. Louis, Missouri. Roland and his two brothers rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, for access to medical care. Nearly 9 million children across America depend on CHIP for everything from annual checkups and vaccinations to treatment for serious illnesses.