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Medical Research Matters to South Carolina

Tell SC's members of Congress to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health now!

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health saves lives and improves the health of all Americans. In South Carolina this year there are some 81,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and more than 7,000 people will die from cancer and over 5,000 people from heart disease. These facts make NIH research particularly important.

But did you know that NIH research also improves South Carolina's economy?

Last year, organizations in South Carolina received more than 400 grants from the NIH totaling nearly $150 million. That money helped support almost 6,600 jobs and spurred over $400 million in economic activity in South Carolina.

But that doesn't come close to what the NIH is really capable of. Congress has shortchanged the the NIH budget for more than a decade now, delaying progress toward cures and diminishing the economic impact in our state.

Congress can fix this! It can include increased funding for the NIH in the year-end spending bill that will be voted on soon.

Send a message to South Carolina's senators and representatives, urging them to improve the health and economic well-being of our state and to increase funding for the NIH now.

Fund NIH. Fund hope.