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[IP] Fw: American Diabetes Association Advocacy E-News 03/05/2001

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Sent: Monday, March 05, 2001 9:20 AM
Subject: American Diabetes Association Advocacy E-News 03/05/2001

> Dear ADA Advocates:
> Thanks for all your emails in response to our last Advocacy E-news where
> we asked you to write President Bush about making diabetes research one
> of his top research priorities.  We think the message is getting through
> to the president loud and clear.
> In fact, on Friday, February 23rd, President Bush proposed a 13.8%
> increase [http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010223/hl/nih_1.html] in
> funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which oversees
> diabetes research. He reaffirmed his commitment to doubling NIH medical
> research funding over five years in his speech before Congress last
> week. This is the largest increase ever requested by a president.
> Although this is good news, it does not guarantee enough of an increase
> in money for diabetes research because diabetes needs more than a 13.8%
> increase in funding. In fact, in order to reach the funding level
> recommended by the Congressionally appointed Diabetes Research Working
> Group, funding would have to double in just a single year.
> So for this week's electronic call to action, we're requesting that you
> once again write to President Bush, but this time, we're asking you to
> thank him for his commitment to doubling medical research spending while
> you also stress the need to use those extra NIH dollars for diabetes
> research - funds that will ultimately help us get closer to a cure.
> Points to make in your message:
> 7 Label your message "NIH Funding and Diabetes Research".
> 7 Thank President Bush for his support for doubling medical research
> spending.
> 7 198,000 Americans will die this year from diabetes-related
> complications, more than those with breast cancer and AIDS combined.
> 7 Despite increases in NIH funding, diabetes research remains
> significantly underfunded according to the Diabetes Research Working
> Group.
> 7 Any personal story about diabetes that you would like to share.
> To contact the president: email @ redacted
> We'd also love it if you'd share with us the message you send to him
> (along with any non-automated response you get). Please contact us at
> email @ redacted
> Thanks everyone. Happy typing.
> Michael Mawby
> Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy
> Carlea Bauman
> Director, Advocacy
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