Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Captiol Hill Gets the Message: Research, Prevention and Healthcare Reform NOW

Minnesota Advocates visit Members of Congress in DC

April 20-21, eight volunteers from Minnesota traveled to Washington, DC, to meet with their federal lawmakers for the American Heart Association’s Congressional Lobby Day, You're the Cure on the Hill 2009, to build support for health reform and boost funding for research and prevention programs to fight cardiovascular diseases.
These Minnesotans joined 465 other advocates from all 50 states to ask lawmakers to sign a letter to President Obama urging him to make funding to fight heart disease and stroke a top priority. Advocates also urged Members of Congress to pass meaningful healthcare reform that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all Americans this year.

Minnesota advocates began the day meeting directly with Senator Amy Klobuchar, sharing survivor stories highlighting the importance of research, prevention and healthcare reform. In the afternoon, advocates met with their Representatives. Check out pictures of our advocates in action!

Dr. Raymond Gibbons, Rochester, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Todd Miller, Rochester, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Mary Boylan, Duluth, St. Luke’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates
Dr. John Wheeler, Maplewood, survivor and retired physician
Julianne Seiber, Arden Hills, Ramsey County Public Health
Mark Olson, Minneapolis, survivor and Chair of the State Advocacy Committee
Jodi Rohe, St. Cloud, CentraCare Foundation’s BLEND coalition
Jo DeBruycker, Willmar, Affiliated Community Medical Centers

All Minnesota Members of Congress need to hear from you too! Tell your Member of Congress to support research, prevention and healthcare reform NOW!

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