ADA's Rally for a Cure
ADA's Rally for a Cure was held March 19-21 in Washington, DC. And in what is becoming an annual Spring ritual in Washington, the weather did not cooperate. More about that in a few paragraphs.
The Rally started on Sunday with an informal reception for more than 900 participants who attended the three-day program (an additional 600 people from the Mid-Atlantic area came just for the day on Tuesday).
On Monday, advocates prepared for meetings with members of Congress after the Rally. The highlight was undoubtedly the Youth Rally for a Cure. More than 350 youth participated, making it the largest gathering ever of youth affected by diabetes.
The youth heard inspiring stories from two-time Olympic gold medallist Gary Hall, Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson and discrimination attorney and former ADA Chair of the Board Michael Greene. Gary even passed around one of his gold medals!
On Tuesday, everyone was ready to Rally at the Capitol. But like last year, the weather did not cooperate. Instead of snow, though, it was rain. Pouring rain. So instead of braving the elements, we crammed into the hotel ballroom and had the Rally inside!
The highlight was the presentation of the 3.2 million signatures on the Petition for a Cure. Both Diabetes Caucus leaders Representatives John LaFalce (D-NY) and George Nethercutt (R-WA) accepted the signatures on behalf of Congress.
After the Rally, participants were bussed to Capitol Hill to meet with their Representatives and Senators. In addition to sharing personal stories, they urged members to sign a letter to President Clinton in support of a $1 billion diabetes budget at NIH.
As a result, the number of Representatives who have agreed to sign the letter has doubled to more than 230. I will definitely send more details about this letter shortly so you can contact your Representative and ask him/her to sign.
Many thanks for your continued support of diabetes advocacy and the American Diabetes Association.
Leading the fight to cure diabetes.
National Director of Advocacy
American Diabetes Association
1701 N. Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
Photos from the Rally
Posted 1 April 2000
Last Updated: Thursday August 29, 2002 20:59:50
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