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[IP] Fw: PLEASE READ THIS - Government funding for diabetes research

> From: DIANE MASSEY <email @ redacted>
> To: email @ redacted
> Subject: PLEASE READ THIS - Government funding for diabetes research
> Date: Friday, March 12, 1999 2:59 PM
> Lauren, Nathan and I just came back from Washington DC where we
> participated in the Rally for a Cure.  I learned so much and my
> consciousness has been raised.  ADA did a great job.
> If you have not become involved with your congressperson about
> I would urge you to do so.
> 1.  Diabetes has been disregarded as a serious disease by the Government.

> LESS $ IS BEING SPENT ON RESEARCH THAN 1987!  (adjusted for inflation).
> 2.  Government spends 40BILLION $ on care of people with diabetes but
> 1% of that  (400 mil) on research.
> 3.  Diabetes research gets 400 mil and AIDS research gets 1.8 BILLION
> dollars for research!  18,000 die of AIDS and 187,000 die due to diabetes
> per year.
> 4.  Type I is a growing disease as is Type 2.
> If you have not, please write and urge your congressperson to sign the
> Letter to John Porter indicating that diabetes should be a NATIONAL
> (If this has been covered recently, I apologize - altho I don't think it
> can be said enough times.  I am just getting caught up with all the I-P
> digests)
> Before this weekend, I was blissfully ignorant....I had no idea... I KNOW
> NOW THAT THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM and we need to make the political
> process work for us.
> Thanks.  Please write if there are Q's.
> Diane Massey
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