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Andrew VonBank/House Information Office Lindsay Chapman and Andrew Nesseth give emotional testimony in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee March 3 during discussion of a bill that would propose Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week. Their son, 1 year old Leo James Chapman-Nesseth succumbed to the disease.

Raising awareness: Bill named for Jackson County child passes through Minn. House committee

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ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota House committee Thursday unanimously passed a bill designating the third week of September as Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week, perpetually.

House File 287, known as "Leo's Bill," will likely be brought before the Minnesota House by the end of the legislative session. To become law, it will also need to be brought before the Minnesota Senate and signed by the governor.

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