We called and you delivered!  Throughout the last month, we asked You’re the Cure advocates to join our ‘Hearts for Research’ photo petition to help us call on Congress for a strong national investment in medical research- and the results have been outstanding!

Over 7,200 advocates have signed our petition and more than 200 have submitted photos (take a peek)!  Researchers, survivors, caregivers and many more stepped forward to show our nation’s lawmakers the faces of medical research and deliver the message: ‘We need cures, not cuts!”. 

So, what’s next?!  On September 18th, the American Heart Association will join partners in the medical research community for the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day in Washington, D.C.  30 You’re the Cure advocates will meet face-to-face with lawmakers to share their stories and deliver the names and pictures of their fellow advocates who support funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  One of those advocates will be Ginny Ekins from Washington State.  As a heart disease survivor, who has undergone multiple surgeries, Ginny knows first-hand that research saves lives. 

Thank you for participating in this important petition and stay tuned for more updates from this event on our Facebook and Twitter feeds!