Just in time for the cherry blossoms blooming in DC, more than 300 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association volunteers from across the country descended upon Capitol Hill on April 9th, advocating to restore $32 billion in federal funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The 2013 sequester cut $1.5 billion from the NIH, which will reduce the number of planned grants by about 2,300, cost more than 20,000 jobs nationwide, and reduce new economic activity by nearly $3 billion. The cuts threaten U.S. leadership in medical research, and are delaying important advances in the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. Advocates also asked Congress to allocate $35 million to support the Million Hearts High Blood Pressure Campaign, a public educational campaign targeted at the more than one in three U.S. adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure.
I also had the pleasure of watching North Carolina You’re The Cure volunteers Lee Storrow and Yolanda Dickerson receive two of the four annual advocacy awards from Nancy Brown. Watch this video highlighting these deserving winners.
Two more of our MAA advocates, Amy Edmunds and Juddson Rupp, were featured in full page color ads in Roll Call and Politico while we were there to bring attention to the importance of our issues. It was exciting to hear our volunteers and staff share their stories with their legislators and represent our life-saving work on The Hill. Make your voice heard at www.yourethecure.org.