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Diabetes Alert - NIH Funding

Representative John Porter's subcommittee is getting ready to "mark up" their bill that funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We want this bill to fund diabetes research at $827 million and to direct NIH to fully implement the research plan of the Diabetes Research Working Group (DRWG).

The subcommittee was supposed to act last week, but was delayed. The subcommittee is now scheduled to "mark up" the bill this Wednesday morning (7/21). This may change as well, so keep posted by checking the House Appropriations Committee's markup schedule on the web at

This pending action gives you one more chance to contact your Representative and urge support for $827 million and the DRWG Research Plan. Since time is short, we suggest you call your Representative using our toll-free advocacy hotline (1-877-4-ADVOCACY).

When calling 1-877-4-ADVOCACY, you will be asked to submit your address and zip code. Using this information, the computer program will then connect you with your Representative's office free-of-charge. Simply ask to speak with the staff person responsible for diabetes research funding and tell him/her about the pending "mark up" and that you support $827 million and DRWG. It's that easy.

Remember, because of our advocacy, diabetes funding has grown more in the last two years than it did in the preceding 10. That proves we're making a difference. But if we truly want to see diabetes become a national priority, we've got to continue to take action together. If all 2,300 people on this list called, it would make a huge difference. Call today.

Speaking of taking action, we're well on our way to collecting 1 million signatures on the diabetes petition (attached). So far we've collected more than 40,000 signatures online and thousands on paper.

Joann Johnson, a teacher from Virginia, is one reason why we'll succeed in our effort. She's collected more than 600 signatures so far and doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon.

In August, she plans to collect signatures while on a bus tour. "Not only will I get the people on the bus to sign," Johnson says, "but total strangers wherever I go. Believe me," she says, "I do not mind approaching strangers." Many thanks for your support, Joann.

Another person who's not afraid to approach strangers is Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson. She's also been busy supporting the petition drive. So far she's collected more than 500 signatures at the different events she attends. By collecting signatures and promoting the drive, Nicole has given it much-needed visibility. Thanks Nicole.

Joseph LaMountain
National Director of Advocacy
American Diabetes Association
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(f) 703-549-8748

Posted 25 July 1999

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