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Enthused Advocates Represent You're the Cure at Federal Lobby Day

by Rebekah M. on Monday, April 15, 2013

Just in time for the cherry blossoms blooming in DC, more than 300 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association advocates from across the county descended upon our nation's capitol, eager to request the restoration of federal funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and support for the Million Hearts Campaign.

The American Heart Association relies on research funded by the NIH. With the recent sequester slashing the NIH budget by nearly $1.5 billion, about 2,300 research grants will go unfunded, causing a reduction in both the job market and economic activity. A typical NIH grant supports about seven full-time or part-time jobs, most of them high-tech. Every dollar that the NIH distributes through grants returns more than $2 in goods and services annually to the community.

Armed with the names of 6,000 advocates who signed the "Many Hearts, One Voice for Medical Research" petition, this group of volunteers, survivors, researchers, and healthcare professionals joined forces with thousands of advocates, representing over 200 patient groups and research institutions. Together, they attended the Rally for Medical Research on Monday to urge Congress to make research funding a national priority.

The following day, advocates met with their Senators and Congressmen to share their own personal stories, driving home the need for medical research funding.

Advocates attending voiced their passion for the effort, many expressing how impactful it was to be able to deliver these important requests personally to their legislators and their staff members.

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  • We had such a great group of South Carolina volunteers participate in this year''s Lobby Day! Everyone did an excellent job of sharing their compelling stories and focusing on our messaging. What great team work and such passion and committment to our mission. It was an honor and pleasure to work with you all!

    — Caroline B.

  • I''m so glad we had such a large group of advocates representing SC this year! Many of them were new participants. I''m sorry I wasn''t able to experience it in person this year, but I heard y''all did a great job, and I''m looking forward to being back in DC for the next lobby day.

    — Yarley S.

  • And talk about results, NC Senator Richard Burr has co-authored a Dear Colleague letter with PA Senator Casey to support NIH funding in the 2014 budget!  

    — Elizabeth V.

  • It is so great that we are able to have our volunteers attend such a great event!  Thank you Yolanda and Patricia for your participation!

    — Kacie K.

  • I think my favorite part was watching first time National Lobby Day advocates get their feet wet. Heart disease and stroke are so uniquely personal that sharing their stories came natural.

    — Yolanda D.

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