Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act to be heard in House

Gabriella died in October at the age of 10. Photo: Miller family

(WJLA) - The House of Representatives will consider next week a bill that would expand research into childhood autism, cancer and disease.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Twitter Thursday that the House is set to take up the Kids First Research Act, which is named for Gabriella Miller, the Northern Virginia 10-year-old who lost her life to cancer in October.

Miller had been battling brain cancer for nearly a year before passing away on Oct. 26. Her story inspired the region after she worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to rally tens of thousands of people to write letters to Santa last Christmas.

Her campaign drew more than 200,000 people to write letters, which turned into a massive donation to Make-A-Wish to help children have their wishes granted.

The Kids First Research Act was proposed by Rep. Gregg Miller, R-Miss. several weeks after Gabriella's passing.