17 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro = Senators Who Support 2012 NIH Funding

Forty-one senators have stepped up to the plate in support of 2012 funding requests for the National Institutes of Health by signing a letter to their colleagues. I am sorry to say that our Florida representatives were not among those who supported funding for the NIH.

I find it incredible and I am angry that Florida Senators could be this selfish, and short sited especially when we live in a state with probably the highest number of elderly residents whose illnesses will bankrupt the state one day (by no fault of their own).

Florida representatives would rather fund a new football stadium or a bullet train to run from Tampa to Orlando (so people can get to Disney faster I guess) than to ensure that the NIH can continue to fund valuable research for many diseases. I am not just talking about Parkinson’s disease – the NIH funds medical research in all important areas like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, alzheimer’s and many more, just to name a few.

I thank the forty-one senators who understand that without medical research, our entire country will be broke as our nations residents become senior citizens and the costs of medical care continues to rise. Maybe one day Geoffrey and I will live in a state whose leaders believe in medical research. I am so angry with our representatives – I have yet to see anything encouraging from them in the way of leadership. If you are from a state whose leaders did sign the letter, please take a moment to thank them. Sometimes a thank you can go a long way! pkp

June 16, 2011 Letter From Parkinson’s Action Network
Update:  41 Senators Sign Dear Colleague Supporting FY2012 NIH Funding!
Last week, we asked you to contact your Senators in support of FY2012 funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

On June 14, 2011, Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) submitted to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Labor-HHS Subcommittee, a Dear Colleague letter supporting FY 2012 funding for NIH. Thanks, in part, to the Parkinson’s community’s advocacy efforts, the final letter included 41 signatures. 
Alaska – Senator Begich 
California – Senators Boxer and Feinstein
Colorado – Senator M. Udall
Connecticut – Senator Blumenthal
Delaware – Senator Coons 
Hawaii – Senator Akaka
Idaho – Senator Crapo
Illinois – Senator Durbin
Louisiana – Senator Landrieu
Maine – Senators Collins and Snowe
Maryland – Senators Cardin and Milkulski
Massachusetts – Senators Brown and Kerry
Michigan – Senator Levin and Stabenow
Minnesota – Senators Franken and Klobuchar
Mississippi – Senator Wicker
Montana – Senator Tester
New Hampshire – Senator Shaheen
New Jersey – Senators Lautenberg and Menendez
New Mexico – Senators Bingaman and T. Udall
New York – Senators Gillibrand and Schumer
North Carolina – Senators Burr and Hagan
North Dakota – Senator Hoeven
Oregon – Senators Merkley and Wyden
Pennsylvania – Senator Casey
Rhode Island – Senators Reed and Whitehouse
South Dakota – Senator Johnson
Vermont – Senator Leahy
Washington – Senator Cantwell
West Virginia – Senator Rockefeller

If your Senator(s) signed on, please take a moment to call to say thank you!  Talking points follow.  If your Senator(s) did not sign on, please consider raising this issue in future communications with their office(s).
Thank your Senator(s) Who Signed on Now!

Call Talking Points:
As your constituent and as someone with Parkinson’s / a member of the Parkinson’s community, thank you for signing the Casey/Burr Dear Colleague letter supporting National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in Fiscal Year 2012.
I appreciate your support for NIH and its medical research for Parkinson’s and other diseases, which gives hope to millions of patients and their families.
Thank you for your time.

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