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The future is here, Congress Act FAST!

Each minute counts when treating a stroke. Under the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, telestroke technology would be more available to connect patients to care when a stroke specialist is not onsite.  That means faster treatment and hopefully a better chance at a full recovery.

Our message is simple. The future is here, Congress act FAST! Will you tell them today?

Over the past few months, thousands of You’re the Cure advocates have urged Congress to embrace telestroke technology and increase access for more Americans by cosponsoring the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act.

And they have listened. Today, we have 41 cosponsors!

In the next couple months our goal is to get 100 cosponsors. That amount of support is crucial if we want to get it passed by Congress.

Will you help us by emailing your legislator?


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Save Physical Education Now

Almost half of all high school students can’t take physical education classes. The average annual school budget for physical education currently stands at just $768. And with one-third of our kids overweight or obese, this epidemic is costing our health care system anywhere from $147 to $210 billion each year.

That’s why we’re urging lawmakers to save physical education by ensuring that the Early and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) designates physical education as a core subject, preserves the current Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), and provides it with robust funding. Right now, the Senate’s version of the ESEA meets each of these requirements, and will go a long way to helping us invest in our children’s health as well as cut down on health care costs down the road.

Join us and tell your lawmakers to save these provisions by funding a program that has already helped hundreds of thousands of children get active. PEP provides desperately needed resources that help cut down on obesity, teach healthy habits that will last a lifetime, and help kids do better in the classroom.

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The Time to Fight for NIH Research is Now!

For the last month, thousands of You’re the Cure advocates have signed our petition to say, “I won’t stop fighting for NIH”. We cannot wait to deliver all of these names this week when 20  advocates meet with their members of Congress.

However, your fight does not end here.

In addition to delivering your name, these advocates will also remind Congress that we must make NIH a priority... but they need your help. Will you amplify their message by sending one more letter to your legislators?

I know we have asked you to contact Congress a few times this year, but, thanks to you, we are the closest we’ve been in years to an increase in NIH funding. Proposed bills in both the US House and Senate give NIH additional funding, but nothing is final until we see a Presidential signature.

Every voice counts as we try to convince our lawmakers to support more medical research.

Will you urge your lawmakers to make NIH research funding a priority today? 



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We won't stop fighting for heart and stroke research!

This has been a great year for You’re the Cure volunteers advocating for more heart and stroke research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). So far, we’ve sent 23,000 messages to Capitol Hill, over 380 advocates met with lawmakers during You’re the Cure on the Hill, and countless numbers of passionate volunteers shared their stories on social media.

What did all of this hard work accomplish? The budget process is still not over, but here's the latest:


  1. A proposed budget bill in the U.S. House increases NIH's funding by $1.1 billion.
  2. A proposed budget bill in the U.S. Senate increases NIH's funding by $2 billion.
  3. Finally, the U.S. House passed a separate bill, the 21st Century Cures Act, which would give the NIH an extra $8.75 billion over the next 5 years. The bill is now in the Senate for consideration.

The House and Senate still need to work out its budget differences and nothing is final until the President signs a bill. However, this is the closest we've been in years to increased heart and stroke funding, so will you pledge not to give up the fight?

In September, another group of You’re the Cure advocates will join 300 other organizations in Washington DC. Not only will they urge Congress to increase heart and stroke research funding, but they will be delivering the names of everyone who has pledged to keep fighting for the NIH. 

It’s crucial that your name be on that petition we deliver to Capitol Hill. We've made great strides in the fight for more heart and stroke research funding this year, but we cannot give up now.

Your message to Congress is simple: "I won't stop fighting for the NIH." Tell them today!

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An extra $8.75 billion for the NIH!

UPDATE: By a vote of 344-77, the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act with a strong NIH Innovation Fund! Thank you everyone for your support. We will be in touch soon about how you can help as the bill moves to the Senate!

Original article below:

Yes, that’s possible, but we need your help to make it a reality.

Right now, the U.S. House of Representatives is working on a bill called the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill seeks to advance the discovery and development of new medical treatments for patients, such as by providing a much needed boost of money for the National Institutes of Health through the creation of the "NIH Innovation Fund".  

Specifically, the Fund would allocate an additional $8.75 billion in mandatory money for new, innovative NIH research over a five year period or $1.75 billion a year.

The House is expected to debate and vote on this legislation this week and they need to hear from you.

Please ask your U.S. Representative to vote "Yes" on the 21st Century Cures Act and keep the NIH Innovation Fund strong!

Even though the bill gives the NIH this extra boost of funding, there is an effort right now to make this funding optional. If this effort succeeds, then the $8.75 billion that the NIH desperately needs would not be guaranteed. As you know, every dollar is crucial as we explore new ways to treat, prevent, and even cure heart disease and stroke. That is why your elected officials need to know how important this proposed NIH Innovation Fund is to the future health of all Americans and that it should not be optional.

Please email your legislator and ask them to support the 21st Century Cures Act and keep the funding for the NIH Innovation Fund mandatory.

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Let's Get FIT Kids Moving

Helping our children live active, healthy lifestyles is more important than ever. Since we first shared that the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act had been re-introduced this Congress, thousands of you have urged your lawmakers to join as co-sponsors. Now we’re asking those of you who have yet to step up to take 60 seconds and ask your representatives to lead on this issue.  

Physical education programs have faced budget cut after budget cut. Less than four percent of elementary schools, less than eight percent of middle schools, and less than three percent of high schools are able to offer daily P.E. We can and we must do better, and the FIT Kids Act would go a long way toward closing this gap. It will strengthen grants to schools across the country that fund P.E. programs and require states that apply for these grants to adopt strong standards that are evidence-based. Please click here to tell your lawmakers why co-sponsoring FIT Kids is so important to you.



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Extra Innings! Are YOU Going to Step Up to the Plate?

If you thought the game was over, we’ve got news for you! We’re headed into extra innings, and we need ALL of our advocates to step up to the plate!

A few days ago, hundreds of You’re the Cure advocates from across the country flooded Capitol Hill urging their lawmakers to step up for heart health. We've made a huge impact this week, but we need to keep it up. Let your lawmakers know that if they step up for heart health then they have your support, and that we will hold them accountable if they don't. 

It’s not too late to take action to support healthy school meals and medical research funding. Tell your lawmakers to get off the bench and in the game. The health of their constituents depends on it.

Will you step up with me?

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It's More Important Than Ever

We recently learned that more students are taking part in the National School Breakfast and School Lunch programs than ever before (with more than 30 million of our kids getting school lunches alone). That’s why it’s never been more critical that we protect strong nutrition standards, and make sure we’re serving the healthiest foods possible to students who rely on school cafeterias for up to half of their daily caloric intake.

It’s also one more reason why we need you to step up and make sure those who oppose healthy school meals hear what we have to say. Tell your lawmaker that the stakes are too high to go back – we must protect strong school nutrition standards. With school cafeterias increasingly taking on a greater responsibility when it comes to nourishing students, we need standards in place that ensure the meals they serve include at least one serving of fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, and less salt.

Healthy meals help prevent childhood obesity, teach good eating habits that will last a lifetime, and boost academic performance.  Please let your representatives know why strong school nutrition standards mean so much to you. In less than a minute, you can make your voice heard and help give our kids the longer, healthier futures they deserve.

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Tell your lawmaker: Heart and stroke research is a priority!

Imagine if we didn’t know that smoking led to heart disease or stroke. Think about all of the lives lost if we didn’t have AEDs. How many stroke and heart disease survivors would we have if it weren’t for clot-busting drugs?  It’s hard not to take these and other medical milestones for granted. But if it weren't for our investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), these breakthroughs might not be here today.

Unfortunately, future discoveries will be in jeopardy if our lawmakers continue to inadequately fund medical research.  Will you contact your lawmaker today and urge them to make NIH heart and stroke research a national priority?

Right now, members of both the U.S. House and Senate are determining their priorities for upcoming appropriation bills. It's crucial that as many lawmakers as possible request a funding increase for the NIH if we hope to discover more lifesaving heart and stroke treatments.

Over the past 10 years, the NIH budget has not kept pace with medical research inflation, resulting in more than a 20% loss in purchasing power. Moreover, NIH continues to invest only 4% of its budget on heart research and a mere 1% on stroke research. This means promising discoveries to save even more lives will be left in the lab room and not in the hands of doctors.

Like me, I am sure you find this unacceptable. But this trend will only change if we stand up and urge our legislators to make NIH a national priority.

Medical breakthroughs do not happen overnight. Each step takes countless hours of research and manpower, trial and error, hope and frustration. But each step is an opportunity to bring a new chance at life to countless Americans across the country. It’s why the work NIH does is so vital, and it’s why the work we do to increase NIH’s funding is so critical. Our nation’s future health depends on it.

Join me and speak up today!


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Does it make sense to penalize those who need therapy most?

My answer to this question is a loud “NO!” and I bet yours is, too. But that is just what Medicare’s current limits on outpatient therapy do. Unfortunately, if Congress does not act by March 31st, stroke survivors and others on Medicare with the most serious and debilitating conditions will face a cap on their outpatient therapy. But our lawmakers can prevent this from happening.  

Right now there is a bill in Congress to end these caps once-and-for all.

Will you ask your member to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation today?

After surviving a stroke, the last thing anyone needs to worry about is running out of therapy sessions. Stroke is our nation’s No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability and dementia. Therapy services provide stroke survivors with the ability to regain vital skills like walking and talking, prevent falls, and live as independently as possible. Limiting access to such beneficial care does not make sense.

I know you believe our stroke survivors deserve better. Ask your legislator to end these harmful caps today!


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