Tell Congress to Stop Diabetes!

Yesterday Gina Galvak shared her thoughts about diabetes advocacy and the way she likes to put a face and a voice on diabetes when she’s talking to Members of Congress in Washington, DC today. Now is your chance to share your story!

Today, you can participate in Call into Congress, a national, day-long phone-in advocacy event taking place across the nation. Support the more than 200 advocates on Capitol Hill today and call your Members of Congress and ask them to increase funding for diabetes research and prevention programs.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Pick up the phone and dial 866-459-1206.
  • When prompted, enter your zip code and press “1” to confirm you’ve entered it correctly. You’ll be connected to one of your representatives’ offices.
  • When a staff person answers, ask to speak to the health aide. Tell the health aide you are a constituent and you strongly urge your Representative/Senator to support the American Diabetes Association’s request to increase 2012 federal funding for diabetes research and prevention programs.
  • Most calls will end there, and you’ll be connected to another one of your representatives. But if you want to add more, you can remind them:
    1. Funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation, and the National Diabetes Prevention Programs is essential to preventing, treating and eventually curing diabetes.
    2. Stopping diabetes will save taxpayers millions of dollars that would be spent on treating diabetes complications like blindness, amputations and kidney disease.

Once you’re off the phone, tell us how your call went! Thanks for joining our Call into Congress.

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3 Responses to Tell Congress to Stop Diabetes!

  1. Mike Hoskins says:

    Thanks for this, Dayle. I didn’t get a chance to call today, but plan on making a few phone calls tomorrow when there’s more time… But I am very interested in how this all plays into the ongoing budget debates as Congress faces a deadline and is looking to reduce something to the tune of $61 billion in health funding. That’s incredible, and so I hope we can all (ADA and JDRF) get the message across that we need AT LEAST the continued funding and support. Looking forward to reading more, and then hopefully sharing the ADA-JDRF perspectives as we get through the next couple weeks with so many of us from the D-Community there in DC!

  2. Nichole says:

    I’m telling all my friends and family on twitter and facebook and word of mouth to call as a Type 1 diabetic myself and someone who hopes to see a cure for the masses in my lifetime. Prevention is so key as well. Side note: This blog helps me get through a lot of the day to day diabetes struggles. Thanks!

  3. Glen Deason says:

    I am sure diabetes can be cured with stem cell research. This research on diabetes is the best way to cure this
    disease. I have lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 50 years. It is a constant struggle each and every day!

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