You’re the Cure advocates joined more than 250 patients, clinicians and researchers who convened in Washington D.C. September 13th and 14th for the Rally for Medical Research. They were asking Congress to invest in medical research and increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
In meetings with Members of Congress and their staff, patient advocates shared the scientific advances that are helping to keep them alive- thanks to medical research- and urged lawmakers to keep up the progress with adequate funding.
American Heart Association President-elect Keith Churchwell, M.D., FAHA, addressed the crowd during a reception held on Capitol Hill. While introducing co-chair of the Senate Heart and Stroke Coalition and long-time champion of NIH and biomedical research Senator Dick Durbin, Churchwell noted “It is through robust funding that we can not only revolutionize patient care and drive innovation, but also advance health equity.”
You’re the Cure advocates met with senators and congressional representatives from North Carolina, Texas, Maine, Connecticut, Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The broad coalition covered 35 states.
Together, we will continue to call on our nation’s policymakers to prioritize NIH funding to advance scientific research. Stay tuned for future opportunities to act.
Check out photos from the Rally for Medical Research below: