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[IP] Follow-up re MD. diabetic driver

Greetings all:
    Since this incident in last month's news generated so much discussion
here, thought you'd all be interested in reading how JDF responded to this
man's plight...I "cut & pasted" it from the "What's New" weekly column at the
Children with Diabetes website...more info can be found at JDF's own
Regards, Renee (Melissa's mom)

    JDF Washington Report
Vol. 1, No. 3, July 1, 1998 

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation---Government Relations
JDF speaks out in the media about the need for more education for law
enforcement about diabetes and other medical conditions following an incident
of mistaking an insulin reaction for drunk driving. 

Thomas Moore was pulled over and brutally beaten by police officers in
Frederick, Maryland after he was spotted driving recklessly on June 12. Law
enforcement mistook the man, a 34 year old with type 1 diabetes who was having
a severe insulin reaction, for a drunk driver and claimed he was resisting
arrest and acting belligerent. Even though the man had a medic ALERT tag
hanging from his rear view mirror, the police beat him into submission with
their night sticks and ordered a police dog to attack the man, who is
currently recovering from bruises and bite marks. After the beating, the medic
alert tag was discovered and paramedics were called to attend to Mr. Moore.
JDF's government relations office worked with Capitol Chapter volunteer Brian
Madden to participate in television interviews with the Washington, DC NBC
affiliate. Capitol Chapter President-Elect Richard Linn sent letters to the
editors of the Frederick News-Post and the Washington Post. The Frederick
letter was published June 29 and we are awaiting publication from the
Washington Post. JDF's statement (www.jdfcure.org/statement061998.htm) and
Dick Linn's letter (www.jdfcure.org/letter062498.htm) can be found on the JDF
web site www.jdfcure.org. We will keep you posted on upcoming legal activity
with this case. 

The House Appropriations Committee approves $320 million for VA medical
research - Senate Appropriations Committee approves $310 million. 

The House VA-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee approved $310 million for VA
medical research. The full House Appropriations Committee then passed an
amendment that added an additional $10 million to that figure totaling $320
million for VA medical research, an almost 20% increase over the FY1998
figure. The Senate Appropriations Committee recommended and approved $310
million. JDF is actively working with the medical research coalition Friends
of the VA (FOVA) (of which JDF is an executive committee member) in support of
a funding level of $325 million. JDF and the VA established a public-private
partnership in 1996 with the goal of accelerating the application of diabetes
research advances for the benefit of patients. Currently, JDF funds several
research programs throughout the country and JDF's contribution to this
partnership constitutes the single-largest non-profit grant in the history of
the VA's medical research program. 

JDF Alabama advocates convinced the Alabama Congressional delegation to send a
letter to key appropriations members about the need for increased funding for
diabetes research. 

Led by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), each congressman and senator from Alabama
signed a letter sent to appropriations chairmen in the House and Senate to
urge increased diabetes research funding. The JDF advocates in Alabama were
also successful in signing up each of their House members to join the
Congressional Diabetes Caucus. Congratulations! If any other state has had
similar success, please let the JDF government relation's office know! 

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1VOTE ex. 5 (800-533-1868)
email @ redacted

Posted 5 July 1998 

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