Roughly 300 advocates from across the country - 30 of them from GRA - are in Washington, DC today and tomorrow for the American Heart Association’s bi-annual Congressional Heart On the Hill lobby day event. A new twist this year is the Rally for Medical Research where we will join with thousands of advocates from more than 200 patient groups and research institutions, to send a strong message to Congress that funding for the National Institutes of Health must be a national priority. Tomorrow, AHA’s advocates will don their red attire and head to Capitol Hill for meetings with their members of Congress to advocate for research funding as well as funds to support blood pressure interventions through the Million Hearts initiative.
From Ohio, advocates include:
- Carla Bailey from Gahanna, OH is a heart disease survivor and a Circle of Red member; she will be accompanied by her teenage daughter Jasmine; Carla and Carolyn Francis are twin sisters.
- Elaine Bohman from Versailles, OH is a cardiac rehab nurse (Thanks to Beth Langefels for helping to recruit Elaine in one of our targeted legislative districts!)
- Carolyn Francis from Dublin, OH is a heart disease survivor and a Circle of Red member; she will be accompanied by her teenage son John.
- Lawrence Prochaka from Dayton, OH is a professor and researcher at Wright State University and an Ohio advocacy field representative.
- Dan and Fran Sack from Middletown, OH are constituents and friends of House Speaker John Boehner, and Dan is a heart attack survivor.
- Heather Vilvens from Wilmington, OH is executive director of the Buckeye Healthy Schools Alliance and an Ohio advocacy field representative.
We'll be posting photos to Facebook to chronicle their experience.
If you haven’t already done so, please click here to sign our “Many Hearts, One Voice for Medical Research” petition and watch your email inbox for other opportunities to support Congressional Heart on the Hill activities virtually.