Today the House of Representatives will begin debating a proposal that would cut vital funding for the fight to reduce the increasing rate of heart conditions in America. The SADS Foundation strongly believes we need to protect the funding for research, prevention, and treatment programs for heart conditions. Contact your representative today to let them know that this proposal is more than a matter of the budget, it is a matter of life and death.
This proposal not only cuts funding for effective prevention programs, the over $1 billion dollars in cuts also affects the National Institute of Health (NIH) as well as the Rural Community Access Program--a key program to helping increase the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest. Research provided by the NIH is key in propelling treatment and prevention of heart conditions in this country, we simply cannot let this go.
Voting is set to begin as early as this Thursday!
Contact your representative today and tell them to carefully consider these issues and their impact when voting on the 2011 Continuing Resolution.
Thank you for speaking out! Together, we are making a big difference.
Contact your representative today and ask them to support funding for funding for research, prevention, and treatment programs for heart conditions as well as vital research by the National Institute of Health (NIH). Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and they can connect you to the appropriate office.
Tips for calling..............
1) Be prepared to leave a brief (60-90 second) voicemail explaining that you are calling in support of funding for research, prevention, and treatment programs for heart conditions including support for the NIH.
2) Identify yourself as a patient or family member of a SADS patient and a member of The SADS Foundation and ask to speak with the senator's healthcare legislative assistant.
3) When connected to the healthcare legislative assistant (or his/her voicemail), explain that hope for a better future for patients and families living with SADS conditions lies in biomedical research supported by the NIH and other vital programs.
4) Ask that your representative consider the weight of these issues when voting on the 2011 Continuing Resolution.
Calling tends to have the biggest impact, but if you would prefer, e-mailing senate offices is also very helpful! To find information for your representative, visit this website and enter your state and zip code in the space provided.
Alice, Laura, Joanne, Christine, Sarah, Adrienne, Bonnie, Amy, and Brandon
The SADS Foundation
P.S. Thanks for taking action! Please let us know who you contacted by emailing Adrienne@sads.org or replying to this email.