CHICAGO (CBS) — A few dozen medical students and doctors marched at Chicago’s Federal Plaza at noontime – to demand that the U-S government provide more money to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Doctors, med students, health professionals all spoke about the importance of funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program – or CHIP.

And in between those speakers: 23-year-old Melanie Lockridge spoke to the rally.

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23-year-old Melanie Lockridge spoke to support the refunding of CHIP. (Credit Ste Miller/WBBM)

“Being a single parent with two daughters, it’s just scary thinking I won’t be able to afford the things she needs,” says Lockridge. “With everything I’m going through, I still managed to step outside my shoes and say there’s someone worse (off.) There’s some child that needs it even more, even though my baby needs it.”

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Dozens demonstrate downtown to support the refunding of CHIP. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM)

Afterward, she cried, telling a reporter she wasn’t sure what she’d do if Congress doesn’t restore funding for CHIP.

Lockridge was at the rally with her healthy, 2-year-old daughter.

Her 1-year-old daughter, Zamarii, is hospitalized with pulmonary hypertension.

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