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Medical Research Matters to North Carolina

Tell your 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 170,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and more than 20,000 people will die from cancer and over 18,000 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 2,300 grants from the NIH totaling $1.25 billion. That money helped support over 20,000 jobs and spurred over $3 billion in economic activity in North Carolina.

But that doesn't come close to what the NIH is really capable of. The NIH budget is just catching up from more than a decade of under-funding, delaying progress toward cures and diminishing the economic impact in our state.

Congress can fix this! It can increase funding for the NIH this year.

Send a message to your senators and representative, urging them to improve North Carolina's health and economic well-being and increase funding for the NIH again this year.

Fund NIH. Fund hope. #keepNIHstrong