Last week, at the Society’s 21st annual Public Policy Conference (PPC), over 325 MS activists from around the country visited over 365 offices on Capitol Hill to urge support for research funding and family caregivers. We need everyone's voice now to tell legislators how important these issues are for the MS community. With it being MS Awareness Week this week, there is no better time to educate and request our Members on Capitol Hill to support increased MS research and caregiving supports.
Congressional MS champions are circulating three separate “Dear Colleague” letters that recommend funding for MS research in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and funding for the Lifespan Respite Care Program that supports our nation’s more than 60 million family caregivers, including those who care for people with MS. These letters will be sent to the Appropriations Committee that determines funding levels for these vital programs. We do not have a lot of time—the deadline for the NIH letter is Wednesday, March 14 and the deadline for the CDMRP and Lifespan Respite letters is this Friday, March 16—so be sure to take action today!
Click here to email your Representative and urge him/her to sign on to the MS research in the CDMRP Dear Colleague letter circulated by Representatives Michael C. Burgess (TX-26) and Russ Carnahan (MO-3), the NIH funding letter circulated by Reps. Brian Bilbray (CA-50) and Edward Markey (MA-7), and the Lifespan Respite Dear Colleague letter circulated by Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-2).