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What can you do to help Stop Diabetes now?

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What can you do to help Stop Diabetes now?

Call to Congress 2011 is over, but the fight to Stop Diabetes is NOT!

Here are some ways you can help right NOW:

1) Sign up to become a Diabetes Advocate. Go to http://www.diabetes.org/advocate/sign-up-to-be-a-diabetes.html

2) When you get messages from ADA, read and respond – it’s so easy! Be counted as someone who cares about the fight!

3) Join me, Hillary Liber, as an active advocate.  Email me at hliber@aol.com and I will have a conversation with you about how you can be involved.  We need advocates to appear at ADA events as well as to write letters, emails, calls, visits.  You can choose whatever activity and time commitment works for you – it can be a one time quick shot or more intense involvement.  Either way, I/We need your help!

4) We will be doing advocate training in the spring.  Join us to learn what advocacy is.  Send me your information so we can be sure you’re invited or contact the local ADA San Diego office to leave your information – call 619-234-9897.

Although my travels are over, our fight continues and hopefully it includes your help!

Thank you,

Hillary Liber

ADA San Diego Advocacy Chair and devoted Volunteer

Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

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