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Let Every Voice Count: Parkinson's Call-In Day

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has received another important update from the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) about advocating for research funding. Read the below update from PAN's Chief Executive Officer, Amy Comstock Rick.

From PAN:

Dear Parkinson's Community,

What an outstanding two days! We have over 250 Parkinson's disease advocates in Washington, D.C. for the PAN Forum, hearing about exciting Parkinson's research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, as well as learning from Members of Congress and other national leaders about the future of biomedical research. It has been quite a mix of excitement about scientific potential and frustration about the devastating impact of looming cuts to federally-funded research and therapy development programs.

Tomorrow, this outstanding group of Parkinson's advocates from around the country will be on Capitol Hill meeting with their Representatives and Senators. We have over 230 meetings scheduled! The impact that such a large group has on the Hill is always significant and is especially critical at a time when so much promise is at stake.

Even those who could not join us here in Washington can be a part of tomorrow's Hill Day. For the first time, PAN is sponsoring a "Call-In Day" to support the important message that we are bringing to our Congressional representatives. Help make a difference by calling in your support for research funding. It's really easy to do, and will take just a minute of your time.

  • To call your Representative, dial: (202) 225-3121.
  • To call your Senators, dial: (202) 224-3121 and (202) 224-3121.
  • To reach a different Member of Congress, dial (202) 224-3121.
  • Ask to speak to the Health Legislative Assistant. When you get that person, or their voicemail, here's what you say:

'My name is [NAME]. I live in [CITY, STATE] and I have [my loved one has] Parkinson's disease. Please preserve funding for the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Defense Parkinson's research program during negotiations on sequestration and the current budget. Thank you for your support on this.'

It will be so valuable for you, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and family members to make these calls and add your voice to the many who are on the Hill in person — the more, the better. We want the phones to ring in the halls of Congress, so that every Senator and Representative hears from their constituents that funding for biomedical research is a priority.

Thank you for all that you do for the Parkinson's community.

Amy Comstock Rick

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: Feb 26 2013