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Advocacy Update - April 15, 1999

The American Diabetes Association has been busy this week leading the fight to find a cure for diabetes by building support in Congress for an $827 million budget for diabetes research in 2000. Here's a lowdown of what we've been doing and some other items that have crossed our path.

  1. Today, ADA will formally present testimony to Congress in support of an $827 million diabetes research budget. Representing ADA will be Doris Gilbert, whose 28-year old daughter died form diabetes complications 2 years ago. To read her moving statement and ADA's testimony, visit

  2. ADA staff and volunteers spent most of yesterday on Capitol Hill fighting for diabetes. We attending a breakfast briefing featuring Rep. John Porter and urged him to make sure that diabetes receives its fair share of NIH funding this year. After the breakfast, volunteers Fred and Susan Sperling, who live in Porter's district, testified before his subcommittee in support of an $827 million diabetes budget.

  3. ADA Vice President of Government Relations Mike Mawby was interviewed yesterday by the ABC news program 20/20. They are preparing a segment on government research funding for different diseases and will probably focus on diabetes. As you know, 20/20 also filmed our Rally for a Cure and has interviewed several diabetes advocates for the piece, which is scheduled to air this spring.

  4. The American Diabetes Association purchased a full-page ad in today's Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill ( In it, we thank the 271 members of Congress who signed the Open Letter to John Porter. We purchased the ad because we think it's important to publicly thank those who are supporting our cause.

  5. Today's Washington Post included an article about a local man who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 75 years! If only every person with diabetes could be so lucky. Read the article at

  6. We're up to 17 signers on the letter to Senators Specter and Harkin. Please call your Senators today. We think that tomorrow may be the deadline for signing the letter. We're hoping to have it extended, but may not be successful, so this may be your last chance. Take Action today!

    (Here's the list of signers: Grassley (IA), Collins (ME), Leahy (VT), Murkowski (AK), Boxer (CA), Breaux (LA), Landrieu (LA), Mikulski (MD), Domenici (NM), Conrad (ND), Lautenberg (NJ), Schumer (NY), DeWine (OH), Inhofe (OK), Santorum (PA), Thurmond (SC) and Daschle (SD). For a copy of the letter, visit

  7. Yesterday's Journal of the American Medical Association found that people with diabetes have not benefitted from the national decline in deaths from heart disease. Visit for more information.

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments about these items. Thank you for your continued support of diabetes advocacy and the American Diabetes Association.

Leading the fight to find a cure for diabetes.
Visit us at

Joseph LaMountain
National Director of Advocacy
American Diabetes Association
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(f) 703-549-8748

Posted 18 April 1999

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