BOSTON (WHDH) - Parents and doctors coming together at the State House to raise awareness about a rare pediatric disease called Pandas.

They advocated for state lawmakers to pass a bill requiring insurance companies to cover the cost of treating Pandas, a complication of strep throat that can cause the immune system to attack children’s brains.

Parents say legislation can help change people’s lives.

Todd Crowley, whose children are diagnosed with Pandas, said, “It’s far more widespread we suspect than what it appears today, and it destroys families and it destroys childhoods, and we are trying to save those childhoods and keep those families together and save those families.”

It is estimated that about 1 in 200 children are affected by Pandas.

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