MADISON (WKOW) -- The government shutdown is hitting some Americans at one of the worst points in their life.
According to the National Institute of Health, an estimated 200 critically ill patients will be turned away from clinical trials each week as the shutdown continues in Washington.
The National Institute of Health furloughed close to 15,000 workers or 17 percent of its staff. Kimberly Graham is one of those impacted. She has a type of childhood cancer and is constantly looking for clinical trials.
"I can relate so much to those families and kids and adults. Everyone who is trying to get on a trial because I understand how important it is and how much hope it gives people," said Graham.
Kimberly and her family are continuing to search for a clinical trial. She says things should be easier when this shutdown ends.
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