Against the backdrop of Washington, DC’s famous cherry blossoms, 300 You’re the Cure advocates joined together in our nation’s capital in April to deliver a strong message to Congress: Invest in our health! Here are just a few of the highlights of You’re the Cure on the Hill 2013 activities…
We rallied for medical research! Thousands of advocates from the medical research community came together on April 8th to make some noise about the need for Congress to prioritize our nation’s investment in research. And You’re the Cure advocates were in on all of the action!
Juddson Rupp from North Carolina and Amy Edmunds from South Carolina were two of the featured survivor-speakers that joined journalist Cokie Roberts, Representative Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), and others on stage to deliver the message and inspire the crowd.
And what an active crowd it was! You’re the Cure advocates joined in the cheers of “More Progress! More Hope! More Life!”, as they held-up big red hearts with the names of over 6,000 of their fellow advocates from across the country who pledged their support for medical research funding.
We turned Capitol Hill Red! The enthusiasm from the rally spilled over into our day on Capitol Hill on April 9th. As heart disease and stroke survivors, caregivers, researchers, and medical professionals, each advocate had an important story and perspective to share with their Members of Congress, as we asked lawmakers to restore funding for the National Institutes of Health and support the Million Hearts initiative.
Dressed in red, advocates met with 252 congressional offices in the course of one day! And their visits came at a critical time, with legislators determining their funding priorities for the coming year.
We honored our 2013 Advocates of the Year! At the local, state, and federal level, You’re the Cure advocates across the country work year after year to advance public policies that help build healthier communities and healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke. So, we were proud to recognize four of these outstanding individuals as our 2013 Advocates of the Year! Join us in congratulating:
Dr. William Weintraub (PA): Science-Advocate of the Year
Lee Storrow (NC): Volunteer-Advocate of the Year
Yolanda Dickerson (NC): Survivor-Advocate of the Year
Tommy Watson (VT): Youth-Advocate of the Year
Watch this great video to learn about their amazing work!