AHA and many other health organizations across the country are working hard to put a stop to the $2.5 Billion NIH Sequester (across-the-board cut) that is scheduled to take place in January of 2013, unless congress votes against it. This Sequester could be the cause of thousands of jobs lost, and an even greater number of cuts in research grants that could help save lives.
Last week, youth advocates Thomas Hannah from Columbia, MD and Hannah Brewer from Manchester, MD who was also recently crowned Miss Maryland Teen USA met with both Senator Mikulski and Congressman Cumming’s office to discuss this pressing issue. They both had the opportunity to share their personal experiences with heart disease and why they are so passionate about keeping this funding that can go towards life-saving research.
Check out their stories in the video links below. Hannah and Thomas handled their legislator meetings with great confidence and did an outstanding job. Way to go You’re The Cure advocates!
- Mikulski's office: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DA4T7PF3kw
- Cumming's office: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI0AIrk9cUg&feature=youtu.be
- Hannah's story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCVHSx6VNss
- Thomas' story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0kWX9O7fZ4
Maryland is one of the top states to be affected by the NIH Sequester. The cut could potentially result in 30,000 jobs lost, and 1,916 jobs in Maryland alone. On November 14, AHA along with a few other health organizations held a lobby day for all those in support of this issue to get together and persuade their legislators to support the cause.
Readers, don’t forget that you can take action in your community just like Thomas and Hannah by working with You’re the Cure!