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Protect NIH Funding: Ask Your Members to Sign Letter

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has received another important update from the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) about protecting funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

From PAN:

In just about two weeks, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world's largest funder of Parkinson's research, loses $2.5 billion to across-the-board budget cuts. Decades of momentum toward better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's and thousands of jobs across the country will be lost.

We can't let this happen. Here's what you can do:

Representatives Fudge (D-OH) and Stivers (R-OH) are circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter in support of NIH funding. A Dear Colleague letter is a letter sent by one or more Members to fellow Members to sign and show shared support for an issue. Once all interested Members have signed, the final letter will be sent to House leaders.

The deadline to sign on is this Wednesday, December 19, 5 pm EST. Help us get as many signatures on the letter as possible. It's as easy as three simple steps:

1. Ask your Members of Congress to sign the Fudge/Stivers NIH Dear Colleague letter.

2. Tell them why this matters. Click Take Action below for suggested talking points and instructions on who your Member needs to contact to sign the letter.

3. Forward this alert to everyone you know.

It's that simple to make a difference. Thank you for taking action today.


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PAN is the voice of the Parkinson's community in Washington, DC. In fiscal year 2013, PDF is supporting PAN with a grant of $200,000.

Source Date: Dec 17 2012