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Tell Congress WHY you support medical research

by Mark F. on Thursday, August 7, 2014

We don’t have to think twice about why we support more funding for organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research cures for cardiovascular disease and stroke. But unfortunately the funding cuts continue.

We routinely tell Congress that NIH research leads to innovation, jobs, and life-saving medical breakthroughs. But right now they need to hear the personal reasons why research is important from advocates like you!

Tell us, WHY do you support medical research?

For me, I support the NIH because of advocates like Ryley. In 2013, Ryley, just a teenager, unexpectedly suffered from multiple strokes that affected five different areas of his brain. Since then, he has had to endure thousands of hours of physical therapy and testing to relearn to walk, talk, and function like his normal self. But despite the large obstacles he has faced, he has had the opportunity to share his story and help others like him.

Ryley has made tremendous progress in the face of such large obstacles, but doctors still have much to learn about his condition. With more available funding, NIH has the opportunity to find real cures for cardiovascular diseases, giving hope to families like Ryley’s who depend on research to provide clarity and answers.

For me, individuals like Ryley are why.

What about you? Tell Congress today why you support medical research!

Finding a cure doesn’t happen overnight; however, each step takes countless hours of research and manpower, trial and error, and hope and frustration. But each step is an opportunity to bring a new chance at life to families across the country. It’s why the work NIH does is so vital, and it’s why the work we do to protect NIH’s funding is so critical.

Ryley is why. A cure is why. Life is why. Show your support for NIH and tell us: what’s your why?


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Comments (20)

  • I support medical research because we can discover new medical technology and cure for many illness . This will help to benefit the general public, many thanks to AHA,

    — Nathan T.

  • Congress , we need to take action this is Medical Alert!. We need more funding for research. Research aid in help to found the cure for medicalical illnes, without acute a lot illness will become pandemic.

    — Nathan T.

  • I was  involved in a comparison clinical research study for Heart Disease from 2000-2003 at the National Institute of Health.  I have IHSS (Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis) and I  had an Alcohol Ablation, comparing effects, vs. Pacer therapy.  Due to lack of funding, I am now wondering what the long-term outcomes are for this treatment. The program and funding reductions at NIH have halted and dropped the ball on many heart and stoke disease outcomes.  Further research to help prevent or cure/manage  many important diseases is needed for many heart patients who struggle with health issues daily.

    Please invest in saving lives and continued research to help provide quality of life for many patients.

    Pamela J. Dell

    Boise, ID

    — Pamela D.

  • AHA/ASA funded research saves lives.  Lives are why we need more support for research!

    — Nannette S.

  • Continue to pressure lawmakers (State and Federal) about the importance of the AHA/ASA and how they keep the general public aware of heart and vascular disease. Thank AHA/ASA for all of your help.

    — Nathan T.

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