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Medical Research Matters to North Carolina

Tell NC's members of Congress to provide increased, mandatory 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 North Carolina this year there are some 160,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and more than 13,000 people will die from cancer and over 9,000 people from heart disease. These facts make NIH research particularly important.

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

Last year, organizations in North Carolina received more than 2,000 grants from the NIH totaling nearly $1 billion. That money helped support over 19,000 jobs and spurred nearly $2.5 billion in economic activity in North 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 North Carolina's senators and representatives, urging them to improve the health and economic well-being of our state and to provide increased, mandatory funding for the NIH now.

Fund NIH. Fund hope.