As the Advocacy Team Chair for my chapter, I was also there to talk the talk . . . . about advocacy. And to urge everyone to talk the talk to our legislators. This is another important way to raise much needed funds for diabetes research.
What was I talking about at the Advocacy table? Well . . . . .
- Did you know that for every dollar JDRF donates to research, the federal government donates more than $3?
- The more advocates speak up to their representatives about issues like research funding, the more likely we are to succeed when they come up in Congress.
- Congress must renew the Special Diabetes Program to ensure federal funding continues each year (currently $150 million annually).
I want to thank everyone who has walked their JDRF walk this year. And those who have supported a walk participant. And now I want to urge you all to talk the Advocacy talk as well! Sign up as a JDRF Advocate and let our government know how important diabetes research funding is. Given the economic crisis happening right now, it’s more important than ever to speak up!