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[IP] Hot off the Press!



Jusr received this in my e-mail..Since Melissa, hubby and I were in 
Washington 3 years ago to hear Pres. Clinton announce the original Diabetes 
Initiative, this is awesome news indeed!
Regards, Renee

JDF Washington Report
Special Announcement
July 13, 2000

PRESIDENT CLINTON CALLS FOR BOOST IN JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FUNDING
AND ANNOUNCES 10 CENTERS TO REPLICATE ISLET TRANSPLANTATION

This morning at the NAACP meeting in Baltimore, MD, President Clinton
announced a proposal for a $300 million extension of two diabetes
programs originally created on a bipartsan basis in the Balanced Budget
Act of 1997.  JDF has been working closely with the White House on this
project.

The first program focuses on Type 1 diabetes research and the other
focuses on prevention and treatment for Native Americans who suffer from
diabetes.  The President's proposal will be sent to Congress, and we
will be in contact with you regarding how you can help push this
funding--at an even higher level than the President is
proposing--through Congress later this year.

In addition, Mr. Clinton announced the ten centers chosen to participate
in the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN) multicenter study of the Edmonton
Protocol for islet transplantation.  This $5 million effort will be
overseen by the ITN, a research program jointly funded by the National
Institutes of Health and JDF.

Mr. Clinton's speech to the NAACP is available online at
http://www.bellsouth.com/naacp/ .

For more information about these announcements, additional information
will be available at www.jdf.org and www.whitehouse.gov .  For more
information on the ITN program including eligibility for the clinical
trials, see www.immunetolerance.org .

We encourage you to contact President Clinton to thank him for his
commitment to juvenile diabetes research.  You can email him at
http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/kids/html/mail_pres.html or write him at:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
or leave a phone message at (202) 456-1414.

A draft thank you letter to the President will also be available on the
JDF
Advocacy website for you to fax directly to the President or print out
and
send by mail.  To access the letter, please visit
http://www.jdf.org/advocacy and click Take Action.  Don't forget to edit
the
letter to include your personal stories and thanks.

Your phone calls, letters, and personal visits are making a difference
in our effort to increase funding for juvenile diabetes research.
Congratulations on this exciting news.

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