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From security grants to rare diseases, Ted Deutch to hit several topics during district events

Those stops will take place Monday and Tuesday in South Florida.

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida’s 22nd Congressional District will be in South Florida this week to meet with constituents on a wide array of topics during a trio of events.

Monday, Deutch will visit Spanish River High School in Boca Raton.

Deutch is set to present an award to Spanish River teacher Mary Fisher and her biotech class. The class won a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Award for their work on a prototype to measure and detect sepsis symptoms. That award is granted to students and educators who “invent technological solutions to real-world problems.”

Only 14 such awards will be given this year nationwide. Deutch will visit the school at 9 a.m. Monday.

Tuesday, Deutch will make another pair of stops.

At 9 a.m., the Representative is hosting a workshop on the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program. That program is set up under the Department of Homeland Security to cover security costs for nonprofits which may be at risk of a terror attack.

The meeting will be held at the Coconut Creek Community Center and will be geared toward local nonprofits.

Deutch will be joined by Coconut Creek Mayor Sandra Welch, Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Program Manager Andrea Becraft, H. Scott Friedman of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Broward County Human Services Administrator Suzanne Bundy.

At noon on Tuesday, Deutch will visit with a pair of his constituents, David and Stacey Ogman.

David and Stacey set up the Jordan Avi Ogman Foundation on behalf of their young child. At four years old, Jordan was diagnosed with TECPR2, a fatal neurodegenerative disease.

The foundation has partnered with Dr. Barry Byrne, the Associate Chair of Pediatrics and Director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center at the University of Florida. The groups is looking to raise awareness of the condition and ultimately find a cure.

Saturday, Feb. 29 is Rare Disease Day. Deutch will visit the couple’s home to discuss their foundation’s work and progress.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to

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