Karryl Lee Keithly of Sacramento, a retired civil service employee with the State of California, has been chosen to attend the White House Senior Community Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on June 26th.

The summit, sponsored by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, provides senior community leaders from throughout the nation the opportunity to share with White House staff their personal experiences and views of the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The summit will include a policy briefing and panel discussions on these vital federal programs which touch the lives of virtually every American family.

“I am thrilled but I understand that since I am new to the Committee, I have a learning curve to undertake but I am eager to learn and take action,” Ms. Keithly said. “I am on Social Security Disability and my daughter, age 22, has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, diagnosed in 1994, and is anemic since her diagnosis. She needs to stay on my health insurance and pray that the Affordable Health Care Act is upheld.”

Keithly will be one of about 100 community activists who will attend the White House summit and participate in three days of engagement and education activities. In addition to the summit, her trip to Washington will also include a White House tour, policy briefings and a trip to Capitol Hill to lobby Members of Congress on the importance of strengthening, not cutting, programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

The National Committee will be arranging interviews for hometown reporters with their local White House Senior Summit participants.