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Share Your Medical Research Story

by Mark F. on Monday, December 9, 2013

With terms like continuing resolutions, sequester and budget cuts, federal funding for medical research conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can be very confusing (check out our latest blog post for more details!). Fortunately, the way to influence lawmakers is simple. As a You’re the Cure advocate, you possess the most powerful tool to sway the mind of elected officials: your story. And we need those stories more than ever.

Due to sequestration cuts last spring, five percent, or $1.5 billion, was cut from medical research and could potentially result in the loss of 20,500 jobs, 640 research grants and countless medical breakthroughs. I think you would agree that enough is enough!

Your story shows how important medical research is to all Americans. Has your life been improved by medical research? Tell us your story today!

Need help getting started? Here are a few ideas:

  • Have you or a loved undergone a lifesaving surgery?
  • Do you or someone you know take blood pressure medication or another prescription regularly?
  • Do you have a medical condition and are hoping on a medical breakthrough in the near future?
  • Are you a researcher and have felt the effects of these budget cuts in your work?

Research is crucial for advancing our country's medicine. Work at the NIH holds the key to saving countless numbers of lives, but that can only happen if Congress continues investing.

Will you please share your story with us, so we can put a face to medical research?

Earlier this week, a bipartisan committee from both the House and Senate announced a deal that would set overall government spending for the next two years. If both the House and Senate pass this deal, the next step is for committees in both chambers to decide how much funding government programs receive, including NIH. That is where we will need your help again. Stay tuned for more ways to protect medical research in the future!

P.S. In order to share your story, you will need a complete community profile. If you have not done so yet, click here!

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Comments (6)

  • Without research, doctors would have never learned to do open heart surgery - last year l had my aortic valve removed ( l now have a mechanical valve), due to streptococcus infection. Thank you AHA. (I am doing okay now).

    — Nathan T.

  • I am a part of the Nurses Health Study, and have been since I graduated from nursing school in 1981. I do questionnaires that are detailed, nurses were chosen because we understand the jargon and could answer accurately. The sample size is huge and continues on throughout our lifetimes, even if we stop practicing nursing. Sometimes we are asked to do extra questionnaires because we fit into a sub group. Sometimes we collect specimens and send them in to the researchers. All the information that is collected, is confidential at all times.

    Reports are sent out to all of us in the study with amazing new information that has been found from the research. The Nurses Health Study is not to find information to take care of nurses, but to help all people. This is what prompts nurses to stay in the study for years. We want to promote prevention of disease, treatment in early stages. I have benefited by diet change, ways to manage stress and the use of some supplements. Research is key to a healthier lifestyle. I don't think many people want to live longer, just to lay in a bed unable to participate in life. Kansius Research is working on a wonderful cancer treatment for certain types of cancer, without side effects! Research is needed now, and forever.

    — Cate K.

  • Thank you for sharing your story Amy. We are happy to hear about your Uncle but are saddened to learn about your cousin. Your story makes a compelling case for medical research!

    — Mark F.

  • I will not tell you a long story.  I'll just mention that my uncle is alive today.  Why?  Because someone did medical research and found a way to save his heart.  He underwent open heart surgery on Friday, December 6th.  Because of medical technology and research, he is being released to go home tomorrow (one week later).  

    On the reverse side, my cousin died at age 7 over 30 years ago because of a heart defect.  Imagine the full life she could have led had the research been place 30 years ago.

    These are my reasons for thinking that medical research for heart and stroke must continue.

    Amy F.

    — Amy F.

  • Hi Wade! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! We agree that these funds are crucial!

    — Mark F.

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