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Call to Congress, 3-12-11 Final Update/Report

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(Please note that due to hectic schedules during the Call to Congress event any updates from Hillary Liber has been compiled from multiple text and email messages and might not be complete until she returns to provide additional information or make edits. Thank you.)

I’m back in San Diego now – both exhausted and exhilarated.  It was wonderful to meet people from around the country who are partners in the fight to Stop Diabetes now, and who share my passion for the cause.  I was so impressed with the range of people involved – young and old, people with diabetes and their loved ones and people who just care, Asian and Latino and African-American and Caucasian and everything in between, Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc.  As Rep. Xavier Becerra said, diabetes is a non-partisan disease. It affects us all and we must all join forces to prevent the spread and find the cure.

I was also impressed with the positive response we got from all our electeds and their aides.  Even though the economy, the budget and the deficit are all serious problems eating up their time and energy, they all agree that diabetes research and prevention and treatment must be funded, not only because of the cost-benefits (we’ll spend less now to save more later) but also because of the impact of the disease upon our people and our nation.

Please join the fight to Stop Diabetes Now.  There are so many ways to get involved – it is true that every person makes a difference, every vote counts, and every tiny action is a step towards the cure!

Thanks for “traveling with me”!

Hillary Liber

ADA San Diego, Advocacy Chair and devoted Volunteer

To learn more about Hillary please click HERE.

Become a Diabetes Advocate at www.diabetes.org/advocate

Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Call to Congress Update, 3-10-11

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(Please note that due to hectic schedules during the Call to Congress event any updates from Hillary Liber has been compiled from multiple text and email messages and might not be complete until she returns to provide additional information or make edits. Thank you.)

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I just spent 7  hours meeting with legislative aides for Boxer, Feinstein ,Bilbray, Issa and Davis.  I also left personal hand written letters and packets with offices of Hunter and Bilbray. I even got to say “hi” to Bilbray as he left for a meeting. I cannot believe how positive and supportive all our Government representatives were. I feel so hopeful about the fight to Stop Diabetes. California is definitely leading the way!

I am tired from so many meetings – and so much walking!  But I feel so good about what we’ve accomplished today.  I hope lots of people have participated in the Virtual Call to Congress. If not please do it NOW! Thank you for your support. Having you with me made The day even better.

Hillary

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I just left the Caucus reception at 5pm in Rayburn House Office Building after our day of visits on the hill. I cannot express fully how emotional today was. I was so touched by the positive reception I received from all our elected representatives and their aides. There was a sincere interest in learning about diabetes, research and personal stories. We got a strong commitment of support for funding too.

One aide said “I appreciate all the information about the cost benefits (e.g. Spending $1 for each of the 79 million people with pre-diabetes will save $190 billion over the next 10 years), but we truly care as well about the personal impact of this disease. Becerra gave an amazing speech that diabetes is not Republican or Democratic, East or West, left or right. That instead, it affects us all and we must all work together harder than ever because it is getting more and more serious and we must help people with diabetes and their Families because that is ALL of us. He applauded what we advocates are doing and encouraged us to work harder and longer and never give up the fight.

I was very touched and recorded some of his speech. I will try to share that video when I’m home. We have much to do and I hope everyone will sign up to be a diabetes Advocate online. I also want to train a corps of Advocates in San Diego to help build relationships with our elected representatives so that we can be resources to them in the fight to Stop Diabetes!

Hillary

To learn more about Hillary please click HERE.

Become a Diabetes Advocate at www.diabetes.org/advocate

Thank you Hillary and all of the other Advocates representing the almost 200,000 diabetics in San Diego County and the 26 Million children and adults in the united States now living with the disease.  It’s going to take a large number of devoted advocates, like Hillary to help make a difference with this disease that is now classified as an epidemic.

ADA San Diego


Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

Call into Congress to Advocate for ADA on March 10, 2011

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Join in the fight to STOP DIABETES! We’re asking for your help on our legislative side of Advocacy at the American Diabetes Association during this weeks Call to Congress in Washington D.C.

Today, March 10th,  we will have over 200 Diabetes Advocates from around the country taking Capitol Hill by storm telling Members of Congress how essential it is that they join us in the fight to Stop Diabetes.  Along with the meetings on Capitol Hill , we will also have a national Call into Congress day today, March 10th, so that advocates across the country can support our efforts on Capitol Hill.  We need the House and Senate phones to be ringing off the hook with Diabetes Advocates.  Please call in yourself and help us spread the word about Call into Congress by encouraging your friends, family, business associates, and social network contacts to do so as well. (You can call in any day this week.)

Are you on Facebook or Twitter?  Can you send a quick email to friends and family?  Please help any way you can.  Below are a few messages you can use as samples…

Many thanks!

ADA San Diego

Become a Diabetes Advocate at www.diabetes.org/advocate

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To help you spread the word about our efforts to stop diabetes in DC this week, here are a few messages you can use as samples:

Facebook/Twitter Messages:

Twitter: Over 200 Diabetes Advocates are in D.C. to make the case for #diabetes funding w/@AmDiabetesAssn Call to Congress. Back them up w/a call:http://bit.ly/h5z3Rt

Facebook: Over 200 Diabetes Advocates are in Washington, D.C. meeting with Members of Congress to make the case for diabetes funding as part of the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress. Back them up with a quick phone call to your reps: 866-459-1206

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Diabetes funding needs support – call your Members of Congress now!

Why call your rep now? Because over 200 Diabetes Advocates are making the case to legislators for diabetes funding as part of the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress. Join me & add your voice to make sure the message gets across! Call now: 866-459-1206

Send an email to your friends:

Dear Friend,

Today, March 10, more than 200 Diabetes Advocates will be in Washington, DC to take Capitol Hill by storm.  They will be meeting with Members of Congress to make the case that diabetes research and prevention programs are critical in the fight to stop diabetes. It’s all a part of the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress citizen lobby day,  I need your help to ensure our collective voices are heard!With 105 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes right now, we don’t have a moment to waste in the fight to stop diabetes.

You know how diabetes has impacted me [ADD a short statement like “as someone whose child lives with diabetes every day” or “as a doctor/nurse who sees the ravages of this terrible disease on my patients” or “as a lawyer who has helped people with diabetes who faced discrimination”].

Our message will make a lasting impact if it’s reinforced by your call to your legislators, right now. We need to make sure the phones on Capitol Hill are ringing off the hook telling Congress that diabetes is an epidemic that cannot be ignored.  Just follow these easy steps:

–  Pick up the phone and dial 866-459-1206.

–  When prompted, enter your zip code and press “1” to confirm you’ve entered it correctly. You’ll be connected to one of your representatives’ offices.

–  When a staff person answers, ask to speak to the health aide.  Tell the health aide you are a constituent and you strongly urge your Representative/Senator to support the American Diabetes Association’s request to increase 2012 federal funding for diabetes research and prevention programs.

–  Most calls will end there, and you’ll be connected to another one of your representatives. But if you want to add more, you can remind them:

* Funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation, and the National Diabetes Prevention Programs is essential to preventing, treating and eventually curing diabetes.

* Stopping diabetes will save taxpayers millions of dollars that would be spent on treating diabetes complications like blindness, amputations and kidney disease.

Once you’re off the phone, click here or go to http://bit.ly/h3GsYf to tell to let the folks at the American Diabetes Association know how your call went! It will help them tailor message to lawmakers in the future!

Want to know what else you can do to help Stop Diabetes? Sign up now to get action alerts via email and become a Diabetes Advocate!

Thanks so much for your help!

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

 

 

 

Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

Call to Congress Update, 3-9-11

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CALL TO CONGRESS 2011 update from San Diego Advocacy Chair, Hillary Liber:

(Please note that due to hectic schedules during the Call to Congress event any updates from Hillary Liber has been compiled from multiple text and email messages and might not be complete until she returns to provide additional information or make edits. Thank you.)

Today was an exciting day meeting ADA Advocates of all ages and ethnicities from around the USA.

I am going to Capitol Hill in the morning! Meetings are set with the Health Legislative Aides for Boxer, Feinstein and Bilbray. Tomorrow I will also visit Offices of Hunter, Filner, Davis & Issa.

My Agenda:

1) Thank You for the passage of Special Diabetes Program

2) Please don’t reduce funding for health programs to fight diabetes

3) Please support $2.2 billion for NIDDK/NIH research of the $1 billion already allocated for disease prevention, please approve $80 million for Diabetes Prevention Program

4) Please prioritize prevention by increasing funding at the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation to stop diabetes epidemic

Why?  We will share our personal stories, then the stats:

1) Now 1 in 10 have diabetes. In 2050 it will be 1 in 3

2) In 2007 cost of diabetes was $227 billion and it grows every year

3) Spend 2.2 to save 227!

4) Five years ago someone was diagnosed every 21 seconds. Now it is every 17 seconds!

5) Research shows that these programs work: Ex. 58% lower incidence of type 2 for those in Diabetes Prevention Program

EVERYONE can be part of the virtual Call to Congress TOMORROW, March 10, 2011 – Call or Email your Representative today!

Click HERE to learn more: http://www.diabetes.org/advocate/events/call-to-congress.html

Please Join me in the fight!

Hillary Liber, Devoted ADA Volunteer/ADA San Diego Advocacy Chair

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ADA’S FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES CLICK HERE.

To view more photos from 2011’s Call to Congress please visit our album HERE.

Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm